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Friday 9 December 2016

Town is cordoned off as thousands attend removal

Published 21/10/2016 | 02:30

Signs point the way to Killaloe in County Clare where the coffin of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley has been brought to repose in St. Flannan's Church, ahead off his funeral tomorrow Picture: PA
Signs point the way to Killaloe in County Clare where the coffin of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley has been brought to repose in St. Flannan's Church, ahead off his funeral tomorrow Picture: PA

Up to 20,000 mourners attended the removal of Munster coach Anthony Foley in his home town of Killaloe, Co Clare.

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The town had been entirely cordoned off by gardaí to accommodate the numbers travelling from all over the country.

The queue of mourners stretched down the town to the bridge, with a guard of honour formed by Munster backroom staff.

Among the members of the rugby community who turned out to pay their respects were 'Ginger' McLoughlin, the great Irish international, and former players Keith Wood - a great personal friend of Anthony's - Paul O'Connell and Mick Galwey.

Former Munster and Ireland players David Wallace and Jerry Flannery were also present.

Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney, Johnny Sexton and Devon Toner were amongst Leinster players in attendance, along with Leinster manager Leo Cullen.

People queue up to pay their respects to the family of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley at St. Flannan's Church, Killaloe in Co Clare Picture: PA
People queue up to pay their respects to the family of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley at St. Flannan's Church, Killaloe in Co Clare Picture: PA

Pat Lam, the Connacht coach, and a number of players were also there, along with Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble of Ulster.

The funeral Mass will take place at noon today.

Only non-funeral local traffic will be permitted to cross the bridge into the town.

Irish Independent

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