THE body of the late Anthony Foley arrived back in Ireland last night ahead of the rugby legend’s funeral tomorrow.
Foley, an Ireland legend having played 62 times for his country, died suddenly of an acute pulmonary oedema in Paris on Sunday at the age of 42.
Hundreds of mourners – mostly fans of Munster and Shannon RFC, the two clubs Foley spent his entire career with – gathered outside Thomond Park, where he turned out on many occasions for The Red Army.
As the hearse stopped outside the gates of the famous rugby ground, a powerful voice kick-started the song There is an Isle, the adopted anthem of Foley’s beloved amateur club Shannon RFC.
His remains were being transported from Shannon Airport towards his home in Killaloe, Co. Clare, as Shannon club officials marched beside the hearse.
Foley’s funeral takes place at St Flannan’s Church in Co. Clare tomorrow.
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) October 19, 2016