President of Ireland leads tributes to Munster coach Anthony Foley
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President of Ireland leads tributes to Munster coach Anthony Foley

THE PRESIDENT of Ireland has paid tribute to Munster head coach Anthony Foley, who passed away suddenly in Paris.

Michael D Higgins described Foley as "one of the great figures of Irish sport in the modern era" and "a great leader both on and off the pitch".

Foley, 42, passed away in the Munster team hotel while in Paris for his side's European Champions Cup game with Racing 92.

Munster fans in Paris sign a book of condolence for Anthony Foley [Image: Getty] Munster fans in Paris sign a book of condolence for Anthony Foley [Image: Getty]
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The President's statement added: "He was regarded with great respect and deep affection not just among the Munster rugby fans but by all those interested in Irish sports and those with whom they interacted abroad.

"While news of his death will be received with shock by all those in the rugby and sports world, it is of course first and foremost a great tragedy for his family and close friends.

"As President of Ireland, and as Patron of the IRFU, I offer them and Munster rugby my deepest sympathies."

Meanwhile Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador in London, took to Twitter to pay tribute to Foley's "dedication and indomitable Munster spirit".

London Irish CEO Bob Casey echoed those sentiments in a statement released by the club.

"Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone connected with Munster Rugby at this incredibly sad time for the world of rugby," it read. "May he rest in peace."

Read the tributes to Anthony Foley and reaction to his passing below

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