Bishop Leahy pays tribute to rugby giant Foley

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick has paid tribute to Munster rugby legend Anthony Foley who died in Paris on October 16.

 “Anthony Foley was simply that big of a figure in the lives of every sports fan from Limerick, Clare and, of course, the wider Munster and Ireland fan base,” the bishop said in a statement. “The admiration in which he was held as a sportsman and person was very much reflected in the volumes of tributes that have come from right around the world.”

Bishop Leahy concluded: “Whether on or off the field, Anthony displayed the same characteristics of honesty, integrity, loyalty, dignity and more. His loss will be immense but mostly, of course, to his wife Olive, sons Tony and Daniel, his father and mother and sisters. Rugby is mourning the loss of a hero but nowhere was he as big a hero, I’m sure, than in the Foley family home.”