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'He gave everything for Munster and Ireland': Fans pay tribute to Anthony Foley

A book of condolences was opened at the IRFU’s headquarters today.


KEVIN NORRIS, CHAIRMAN of the Munster Rugby Supporters Group in Dublin, had just finished decorating a pub for Munster fans ahead of Sunday’s match when he heard the news:

I’d taken a photo, put it out on Twitter saying ‘Here we are, waiting for things to go’. Then I get a text from Limerick asking me if I heard the rumour.

That’s when he discovered that Munster coach Anthony Foley had passed away.

“He was a good man, taken too early,” Kevin told outside the IRFU’s headquarters, where a book of condolences had been opened.

A steady stream of members of the public were arriving to pay their tributes.

Many said there was a deep feeling of shock among the rugby community, and all paid tribute to the work Foley’s performances both as a coach and a player.

Additional reporting by Darragh Peter Murphy

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