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Anthony Foley's son starts inspiring campaign to remember his father

By Will Slattery

Published 24/10/2016

Former Irish rugby star and coach Anthony Foley
Former Irish rugby star and coach Anthony Foley

Anthony Foley's eldest son has started a campaign urging people to attend mass to remember their lost loved ones in the build-up to Christmas.

Inspired by the rapturous send off given to the Munster and Ireland legend by the Thomond Park supporters last weekend, Tony Foley (11) came up with the idea to start the #8masses4no8 campaign on Saturday night after Munster beat Glasgow.

The idea behind the campaign is for people to go to mass on each of the next eight Sundays and light a candle for a loved one, or for Anthony Foley. Tony is hoping people will take photos of the lit candles and post them on the Axel Foley Memorial Facebook page, which was started today.

The eight Sundays start this weekend on October 30th, which is Anthony Foley's birthday, and will run all the way up until Christmas time.

"The family are so appreciative of the support that everyone has given them," a spokesman for the family told Independent.ie.

"Tony himself came up with the idea for the campaign on Saturday night and made a formal presentation to the family. He came up with the hashtag himself and with the help of some friends launched a Facebook page today.

"Tony and Dan [Anthony Foley's younger son, 8] are remarkable young boys for the way they have dealt with all this and for Tony to come up with an idea that thinks of others shows that he has really inherited his parents' leadership qualities."

The Facebook site – Axel Foley Memorial - was launched shortly after midday today and is already getting huge traction.

The first to post on the site was Tony’s mother Olive, who confirmed it was her son’s idea and that he thought it up on Saturday night last, after returning from Thomond Park.

“Tony was inspired by what he had experienced in Thomond Park and came up with the idea of getting people to go to Mass to pray for deceased family or friends, including his father, in the run up to Christmas.  The eight week cycle is fitting as his father will, of course, forever be associated with the number 8.

“It’s a lovely idea. Tony even created the hash-tag, edited the image for the page to include the hast-tag and launched the page today.

“It’s getting a great response and he’s delighted.  It’s a really positive way of dealing with what has happened and the more people that support it the better.

“November is fast approaching, which is, of course, the month of the Holy Souls so it’s very timely also in that regard.

“The eight Sundays will take us right up to Christmas, which is a special family time, of course, but can be very difficult for families who have lost loved ones.  The support for the campaign over the coming weeks will certainly be a positive for the family at an otherwise very difficult time.”

Ulster have a minute silence in memory of Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Ulster have a minute silence in memory of Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Sam Windsor during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Iain Henderson during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Luke Marshall during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Franco Van Der Merwe during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Ruan Pienaar during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Tommy Bowe during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Charles Piutau at the Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Craig Gilroy during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster have a minute silence in memory of Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Tommy Bowe Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Sam Windsor Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster hold a minutes silence in remembrance of former Ireland player and Munster coach Anthony Foley who died last weekend and is being buried today. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster hold a minutes silence in remembrance of former Ireland player and Munster coach Anthony Foley who died last weekend and is being buried today. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster hold a minutes silence in remembrance of former Ireland player and Munster coach Anthony Foley who died last weekend and is being buried today. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Les Kiss Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Left to right. Andrew Trimble, Rodney Ah You and Stuart Olding. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Jared Payne Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Charles Piutau Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Andrew Trimble Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Ian Henderson Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Iain Henderson Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
Glasgow Warriros Gregor Townsend (centre left) and assistant coach Dan McFarland at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Former Ireland and Munster captain Paul O'Connell at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Anthony Foley's coffin is carried into St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Anthony Foley's coffin arrives at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 21, 2016. See PA story SPORT Foley. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Former Ireland player Brian O'Driscoll (right) looks on as Anthony Foley's coffin arrives at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Anthony Foley's father Brendan (left) greets Donncha O'Callaghan outside St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Former Ireland and Munster player Mick Galwey at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Munster's CJ Stander (left) alongside former Munster players Ronan O'Gara (centre) and Mick Galwey awaits the arrival of the hearse at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
Former Ireland and Munster captain Paul O'Connell at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 21, 2016. See PA story SPORT Foley. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Anthony Foley left 'indelible, affirming marks', mourners told at funeral for rugby great
Anthony Foley left 'indelible, affirming marks', mourners told at funeral for rugby great
Anthony Foley left 'indelible, affirming marks', mourners told at funeral for rugby great
Crowds line the street as a hearse carrying the coffin of Shannon and Munster Rugby club's head coach Anthony Foley passes Thomond Park stadium in Limerick. PA
Crowds line the street as a hearse carrying the coffin of Shannon and Munster Rugby club's head coach Anthony Foley passes Thomond Park stadium in Limerick. PA
Crowds line the street as a hearse carrying the coffin of Shannon and Munster Rugby club's head coach Anthony Foley passes Thomond Park stadium in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Crowds line the street as a hearse carrying the coffin of Shannon and Munster Rugby club's head coach Anthony Foley passes Thomond Park stadium in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Crowds line the street as a hearse carrying the coffin of Shannon and Munster Rugby club's head coach Anthony Foley passes Thomond Park stadium in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Crowds line the street as a hearse carrying the coffin of Shannon and Munster Rugby club's head coach Anthony Foley passes Thomond Park stadium in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Crowds line the street as a hearse carrying the coffin of Shannon and Munster Rugby club's head coach Anthony Foley passes Thomond Park stadium in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Players from Shannon and Munster Rugby clubs wait outside Thomond park in Limerick for the remains of Munster's head coach Anthony Foley to pass by the stadium on their way to his family home. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A woman views tributes to Munster Rugby Coach Anthony Foley At Thomond Park in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes to Munster Rugby Coach Anthony Foley at Thomond Park in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes to Munster Rugby Coach Anthony Foley At Thomond Park in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes to Munster Rugby Coach Anthony Foley At Thomond Park in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
School children look at tributes to Munster Rugby Coach Anthony Foley At Thomond Park in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
People leave tributes to Munster Rugby Coach Anthony Foley At Thomond Park in Limerick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Munster. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
People queue to sign a book of condolence for former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley at Limerick Council offices, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A Munster Rugby fan pays tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A Munster Rugby fan pays tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans pay tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans pay tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
RETRANSMITTING CORRECTING FIRST NAME TO ANNA Munster Rugby fan Anna O'Neill (left) pays tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
RETRANSMITTING CORRECTING FIRST NAME TO ANNA Munster Rugby fan Anna O'Neill pays tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans Dermot Kelly and Tom Galvin (right) pay tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A Leinster flag amongst tributes to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby players pay tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fan Ann O'Neill (left) pays tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick, after the 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
File photo dated 20/12/15 of Munster's head coach Anthony Foley, as rugby fans and members of the public are paying personal tributes to the former Ireland and Munster star. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday October 17, 2016. The 42-year-old head coach was found dead in the province's team hotel in Paris on Sunday, hours before the team were due to take to the pitch in the European Champions Cup. See PA story DEATH Foley. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
File photo dated 17-01-2015 of Munster's Head Coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday October 17, 2016. The world of rugby has united to pay tribute to Munster head coach Anthony Foley, who has died at the age of 42. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read Nigel French/PA Wir
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby queue to sign a book of condolances at Shannon Rugby Club in Thomond Park, Limerick, after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Exeter Chiefs and Clermont Auvergne respect a minutes silence for Munster coach Anthony Foley before the European Champions Cup, pool five match at Sandy Park, Exeter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Exeter. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Former Irish rugby star and coach Anthony Foley
Exeter Chiefs and Clermont Auvergne respect a minutes silence for Munster coach Anthony Foley before the European Champions Cup, pool five match at Sandy Park, Exeter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 16, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Exeter. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
File photo dated 08-03-2003 of Ireland's David Humpheys (left) and Anthony Foley (right) celebrate their team's victory against France, during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match at Ireland's Lansdowne Road stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 16, 2016. Anthony Foley has died at the team hotel in Paris before their European Champions Cup tie against Racing 92, the Irish club have announced. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read Tom Hevezi/PA Wire.
File photo dated 14-05-2005 of Munster captain Anthony Foley (L) and manager Alan Gaffney celebrate with the Celtic Cup after beating Llanelli Scarlets. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 16, 2016. Munster head coach Anthony Foley has died at the team hotel in Paris, the Irish club have announced. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read Haydn West/PA Wire.
File photo dated 20-05-2006 of Munster captain Anthony Foley lifts the Heineken Cup following the Heineken Cup final against Biarritz at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 16, 2016. Munster head coach Anthony Foley has died at the team hotel in Paris before their European Champions Cup tie against Racing 92, the Irish club have announced. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
File photo dated 20-03-2004 of Ireland's Anthony Foley wins the RBS man-of-the-match award following their RBS 6 Nations match against Italy at Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Ireland won 19-3. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 16, 2016. Munster head coach Anthony Foley has died at the team hotel in Paris, the Irish club have announced. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read Nick Potts/PA Wire.
File photo dated 14-05-2005 of Munster captain Anthony Foley celebrates with the Celtic Cup after beating Llanelli Scarlets. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 16, 2016. Munster head coach Anthony Foley has died at the team hotel in Paris before their European Champions Cup tie against Racing 92, the Irish club have announced. See PA story RUGBYU Foley. Photo credit should read Haydn West/PA Wire.
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby queue to sign a book of condolances at Shannon Rugby Club in Thomond Park, Limerick, after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley.Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Munster Rugby fans place tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tributes outside Thomond Park in Limerick placed by Munster Rugby fans after the death of head coach Anthony Foley. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Players stand for a minutes silence in memory of Munster head coach and former Irish international Anthony Foley who died today in a Paris hotel during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match between Exeter Chiefs and Clermont Auvergne at Sandy Park Stadium in Exeter, south west England, on October 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICKGEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on October 16, 2016 shows a Munster flag and flowers hanging at the grid of the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes, outside Paris, in tribute to Munster head coach Anthony Foley who died suddenly. Munster head coach Anthony Foley died suddenly in Paris on Sunday, at the age of 42, causing the Irish province's European Champions Cup match against Racing 92 to be postponed. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 16: A minutes silence is held in memory of Munster Head Coach Anothony Foley who passed away at the age of 42 during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and ASM Clermont Auvergne at Sandy Park on October 16, 2016 in Exeter, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans place flowers and flags as a mark of respect after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans sign a book of condolence after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans sing the Munster anthem, The Fields of Anthenry as a mark of respect after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: A Munster fan signs a book of condolence after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Match officials, including the referee Wayne Barnes (R) look dejected after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans in tears after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans take part in a minutes applause as a mark of respect after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans console each other after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans tie Munster flags to the railings of the stadium after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: A Munster fan signs a book of condolence after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Munster fans sign a book of condolence after hearing of the news of the death of Munster coach Anthony Foley prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir on October 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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