Foley family expresses appreciation for support

Foley family expresses appreciation for support



Respects are paid to the late Anthony Foley at Thomond Park by supporters. Pic: Liam Burke (Press 22)
Respects are paid to the late Anthony Foley at Thomond Park by supporters – Photo: Liam Burke (Press 22)

The family of Anthony Foley has issue a statement thank friends and supporters for their support following the sudden death of the Munster head coach in Paris.

In a statement this afternoon, the spokesman said: “The family of Anthony Foley wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to the endless legions of friends and the wider rugby family here and abroad for the huge outpouring of support and sympathy since Anthony’s tragic and most untimely passing at the weekend.

“With Anthony’s passing, we have ultimately lost an amazing, adoring and loving father and husband; an equally caring, loyal and devoted son and brother; a central and go-to figure for the wider Foley and Hogan families. Our anguish at the sudden loss of Anthony is bottomless. We have been plunged deep into an incomprehensible darkness and sense of loss that we must work our way through over the coming days, weeks, months and years.

File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The late Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

“We know, too, that his sudden death has brought the rugby worlds of Shannon RFC, Munster, Ireland and much further afield crashing down. You have lost a former player, coach, friend and all-round inspiration – your and our hero both. We mourn his loss together.

“We again wish to thank everyone for their support; it will help carry us through these darkest days.

“With regard to media, we thank you also for the sensitive way in which you have paid tribute to Anthony since the weekend but we do ask that our privacy and that of his close friends be respected over this tragic period.”

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Clare Councillor Joe Cooney signs a Book of Condolence at Áras Contae an Chláir – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

As a result, the Foley/Hogan families will not be available to media at this sad time and have asked that the wishes of the wider community be respected also.

Due to Anthony’s passing having occurred in Paris, funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised. Details will follow once in place.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.