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Rugby stars pay respects as remains of Munster legend Anthony Foley arrive at church in Killaloe

The remains of former Munster coach Foley, who died suddenly due to a heart condition last weekend in Paris, were flown home to Ireland yesterday.

Anthony was brought to his family home and will lie in repose at St Flannan’s Church, Killaloe, from 1pm to 8.30pm today.


The funeral mass for Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley will take place at 12 noon on Friday at St Flannan’s Church with the church reserved for family and friends only. There will be a special area outside the church to accommodate the media.

Anthony will make his final journey to Relig Núa Cemetery, Killaloe, where he will be laid to rest. Family flowers only.


Foley’s body was found in his room in Munster’s team hotel before their scheduled game against Racing 92 in Paris last Sunday and an autopsy found he “had a heart rhythm disorder that caused an acute edema of the lungs”.

There were emotional scenes on Wednesday as Shannon RFC, Foley’s club, organised the event outside Thomond Park, with those in attendance singing a stirring rendition of club anthem ‘There is an Isle’ as the hearse passed by.

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