The Irish Rugby Football Union have opened a book of condolence at our offices on 10-12 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, for members of the public wishing to send their support to the Foley family.
The book will be available to members of the public from 12 noon until 7.30pm today at the reception of the IRFU offices and throughout the week.
An Post have also opened a book of condolence in the GPO in Dublin and Limerick County Council are also providing an online facility – click here.
IRFU President Stephen Hilditch was depply saddened by the news: “The news of the death of Anthony Foley in Paris at the weekend was a shattering blow. He was a great man and epitomised all that is good about rugby.
His contribution to Munster and Irish rugby was without equal. We have lost a true legend of our game.
On behalf of the rugby family in Ireland, and throughout the world, I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife and family. Their grief is shared by us all”.
Speaking about the tragic event, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “Over the past few seasons I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Axel. His insights on the game and good-natured banter ensured he was always great company.
He was incredibly supportive of Munster squad members selected for national duty and immensely proud of any Munster man who pulled on the green jersey. He is a huge loss to both Munster and Irish Rugby.”
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne commented: “The Irish Rugby family has lost a special individual and all our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. Anthony represented Ireland with distinction and will be fondly remembered for his contribution in the green of Ireland and the red of Munster.”
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora added: “Anthony was a young talented coach who was committed to achieving success at his beloved Munster. As a player and coach, his passion and commitment to Munster never wavered and his passing is a significant loss to the game.”