Flags will fly at half mast to mark the passing of Anthony Foley

Books of condolence will also be opened across Munster on Monday

BY Adrian Collins 18:00 Sunday 16 October 2016, 18:00 16 Oct 2016

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After the passing of Anthony Foley, fans will be able to pay their respects as books of condolence will be opened across Munster on Monday. 

As a mark of respect, the seven local authorities in Munster - Clare County Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Kerry County Council, Limerick City and County Council, Tipperary County Council, Waterford City and County Council - will open books of condolence at 12.00pm on Monday 17th of October. 

This will allow all Munster Rugby supporters from the province to express their sympathies on the sudden passing of one of Munster's most faithful and best players.

The Irish flag will be flown at half mast outside the local authority offices to mark his passing. 

A number of government ministers and TDs have also paid their tributes to the late Munster coach, with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross saying: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony’s partner, children, family, and friends at this very difficult time."

TD for Limerick County, Patrick O’Donovan, said that Foley had served his province and his country with pride throughout the years and that: “Anthony will be very fondly remembered for the joy and pleasure that he brought to the people of Limerick, Munster and Ireland. 

"He will be remembered for his heroics and bravery on the field and his legacy will live long with his extraordinary achievements in caps and tries, both at home and in Europe.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis."

Labour's Jan O'Sullivan TD also stated that: "Anthony was an iconic figure in Munster and Irish rugby. His loss is tragic to Munster and Irish rugby fans across all the world.

"The vigour Anthony brought to the game of rugby both as a school-boy player with St. Munchins, his club Shannon, as captain of both Munster and Ireland, and as Head Coach of Munster will be fondly remembered by everyone." 

A number of other figures from the world of rugby have also spoken about him in the wake of his passing, paying tribute to his generosity, dedication and work ethic.

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