Friday 18 August 2017

'Anthony is remembered so fondly' - Foley's widow collects lifetime award

Tony Ward presents Olive Foley, widow of the late Anthony Foley, with a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her husband. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.
Tony Ward presents Olive Foley, widow of the late Anthony Foley, with a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her husband. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.

David Raleigh

The widow of Irish and Munster star Anthony Foley says she takes comfort from the fact he is remembered so fondly in the rugby-mad city of Limerick.

Olive Foley collected a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his service to sport, four months after his sudden death in Paris.

She accepted the award from rugby star Tony Ward - who played alongside Foley's father Brendan on the Munster team that famously defeated the All Blacks in 1978 at Thomond Park.

"I'm pretty sure Anthony would be recoiling with the attention here today.

"He was very proud of his association with Limerick and from a sporting perspective will always be associated with Munster and Shannon, with many of his greatest rugby moments here in Limerick," Mrs Foley said.

"We know that everyone here misses him and it goes without saying that we do. But we really appreciate the fact that he is thought of and remembered so fondly, including with this Lifetime Achievement Award."

Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kieran O'Hanlon said Foley "was an incredible man both on and off the field".

The award was presented at the Limerick Person of the Year Awards, sponsored by the 'Limerick Leader'.

A teenager who inspired children around the world to stand up to online bullies was named Limerick Person of the Year.

Luke Culhane (14) received the award for creating an online video highlighting the scourge of cyber bullying.

He was also named Young Person of the Year by French newspaper 'Mon Quotidien' last year.

Irish Independent

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