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Tributes flood in from around the world for Anthony Foley

Tributes flooded in from across sport and across the globe following the news of Anthony Foley's death.

Frankie Sheahan, a former Irish and Munster star, posted a photo of him and others celebrating former Irish star Mick Galwey's birthday just a week earlier.

"Distraught at the tragic news of Anthony Foley, great friend, teammate & legend. Super form last weekend at Mick Galwey's 50th. Incomprehensible," he said.

Sonia O'Sullivan said his death was "sad and shocking".

Brian Moore, whose final days as England hooker overlapped with Foley's early career, said: "Just heard the terrible news of the death of Munster's Anthony Foley - thoughts with his family - very sad indeed."

In Limerick, the home of Munster Rugby, Irish flags were to be flown at half mast on council buildings.

Mayor Kieran O'Hanlon said: " He was a giant among men and a true gentleman. He will be sadly missed."

Leinster Rugby chief executive Michael Dawson said: "Anthony was a fierce competitor and rival with Munster for many years, but he was a gentleman away from the field and great company.

"Anthony played with unwavering pride and passion for his province and country every time he took to the field."

Chairman of the European Professional Club Rugby Simon Halliday described Foley as a legend.

"He was a magnificent player and a superb coach and he will be sorely missed," he said.

Messages of sympathy and condolences also came from the world of politics with Ireland's Sports Minister Shane Ross said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony's partner, children, family, and friends at this very difficult time."

Micheal Martin, leader of Ireland's main opposition party Fianna Fail, said: " He was the epitome of all that is good about rugby and sport."

Shane Byrne, former Irish hooker, told RTE Radio: "As a player he had this innate ability to make the right decision at the right time."

Eddie O'Sullivan, former Irish head coach, said: "Leadership is a special skill. It's about knowing what to say and the time to say it. Anthony got that."

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