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Anthony Foley's widow accepts lifetime achievement award on his behalf

Olive Foley received the accolade at the Limerick Person of the Year Awards.

LATE MUNSTER AND Ireland rugby legend Anthony Foley has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the annual Limerick Person of the Year Awards.

Anthony Foley

His wife Olive accepted the award from ex-Munster and international player Tony Ward.

Ward spoke highly of the former Munster coach before Mrs Foley shared her thoughts.

"I’m pretty sure Anthony would be recoiling with the attention here today," she said. "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."

"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."

Foley won 62 caps for Ireland during his career, captaining his country on three occasions.

The Clare native will most fondly be remembered on Shannonside for leading Munster to their first European title in 2006, with his life and contribution to Ireland and Munster rugby being honoured accordingly today.

Last week, Mrs Foley received a Book of Condolences from Mayor of Limerick Kieran O’Hanlon with 10,000 signatures paying tribute to her late husband.

As dreadful as this has been, I cannot help, even at the most difficult of times, but see the amazing goodness of people.

"As dreadful as this has been, I cannot help, even at the most difficult of times, but see the amazing goodness of people," she said at the time.

"You’re dealing with something almost too much at times but there’s always someone at your side, some message coming through.

"Ireland is a special place in that regard and Limerick too."

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