Saturday 24 June 2017

Foley has left behind a perfectly formed template for future generations of Munster people to aspire to

Munster captain Anthony Foley lifts the Heineken Cup at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in 2006. Photo: David Davies/PA
Munster captain Anthony Foley lifts the Heineken Cup at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in 2006. Photo: David Davies/PA

John Daly

In Munster when it comes to sport, everything is personal, regardless of code. Whether it's GAA or rugby, this is a province where geographical sporting divisions are blurred by the bloodlines of club and family, where the shape of the ball comes second to the mindset of those who chase it.

The ethos of what the jersey means in this part of the world was neatly summed up by Brian Cody after last month's All-Ireland hurling final: "We win together, we lose together, and today we lost together." No argument, no excuses.

This is not an ethos confined to any particular dressing room, but one borne fully as the price of pride by every supporter from nippers to pensioners.

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