Oct 17, 2016

Bishop Leahy statement on sad passing of Anthony Foley, RIP

Bishop Leahy statement on sad passing of Anthony Foley, RIP

The Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has today expressed his deepest sympathy on behalf of the diocese to the wife, children, father, mother and sisters of the late Anthony Foley on his tragic and untimely passing in Paris at the weekend.


“It’s fair to say that the news of Anthony’s sudden passing simply took all our breaths away at the weekend. It’s one of those moments we will always remember where we were when we heard the news.


“Anthony Foley was simply that big of a figure in the lives of every sports fan from Limerick, Clare and, of course, the wider Munster and Ireland fan base.  The admiration in which he was held as a sportsman and person was very much reflected in the volumes of tributes that have come from right around the world.”


Bishop Leahy spoke of the pride that all at St. Munchin’s College – a school under the patronage of the diocese – had for its past pupil.  “The College is synonymous with rugby, of course, and Anthony Foley’s association with it is a huge source of pride.  His passing is badly felt there today.  Anthony won a Junior Cup Medal there before captaining the College to a Senior Cup Final against Pres Cork in 1992, which St

Munchin’s narrowly lost but Anthony, by all accounts, was heroic in it, something that became typical of the man throughout his career.


“Whether on or off the field, Anthony displayed the same characteristics of honesty, integrity, loyalty, dignity and more.  His loss will be immense but mostly, of course, to his wife Olive, sons Tony and Daniel, his father and mother and sisters.  Rugby is mourning the loss of a hero but nowhere was he as big a hero, I’m sure, than in the Foley family home.”