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Anthony Foley

Yesterday, the Irish rugby world was brought to a standstill as Munster paid its respects to the late Anthony Foley in Thomond Park.

Following a week of mourning which began last Sunday when news broke that the coach had died aged 42 from respiratory failure, the Munster team bet Glasgow Warriors 38-17 before joining his young sons on the pitch to perform a powerful rendition of Stand Up and Fight.

Continuing the trend of paying tribute though music, DCU’s Music Society has now released a stunning version of The Fields of Athenry in memory of Axel.

Appearing on the group’s Facebook page yesterday, the video has been viewed over 6,000 times, with commentators praising the goose bump inducing performance.

Check it out below:


Yesterday, the world of Irish sport was rocked with the news that rugby hero Anthony Foley had passed away. 

The 42-year-old had an international career that spanned a decade, and captained the Irish team.

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Despite his 62 Irish caps, Anthony Foley will be truly remembered for his time with Munster, where he was a player, a captain, a coach and a legend. 

Since his death was announced yesterday morning, members of the sporting community have been paying tribute to Anthony 'Axel' Foley on social media. 

Ronan O'Gara, who played alongside Anthony for years, sent an emotional tweet yesterday night, expressing his sadness over the death of his friend.

Brian O'Driscoll also shared a tweet, where he shared his condolences with Anthony's family.

Anthony retired from professional rugby in 2008, and went on to become the head coach for Munster.

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Rugby Unions from across the world have also shared in their sadness at Anthony's passing, proving that he was a true veteran of the game. 

President Michael D Higgins has also paid tribute to the late sporting star, calling him "one of the great figures of Irish sport in the modern era".

Anthony Foley is survived by his wife, Olive and his two sons Tony and Dan. 

Our thoughts are with the family, and the entire rugby community at this difficult time.