Olive Foley, Wife of Munster Rugby Legend Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley, Gets Standing Ovation at World Meeting of Families
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Early Life and Education
Olive Foley, wife of Munster head coach Anthony “Axel” Foley who tragically passed away unexpectedly while in Paris ahead of their Champions Cup clash against Racing 92 last October at 42 years old, is mourning his sudden and sudden passing away in France on October 16.
Speaking this week, Foley expressed that her husband’s death came as an unexpected shock and described how she informed their young children Tony and Dan of it. Additionally, she thanked Irish stars Johnny Sexton and Ronan O’Gara for being there for her in her grief after his passing.
Foley received the Limerick Leader newspaper’s Limerick Person of the Year award this week in recognition of how their community in Killaloe and across Ireland rallied around her and their sons after tragedy struck.
Olive Foley has worked in media for 17 years. Recently she won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Most Stylish Lady competition and joined Deirdre on-air to discuss it.
Foley is the widow of Munster and Ireland rugby coach Anthony. He passed away suddenly on 16 October 2016, just prior to playing Munster for one final time before passing away at 42 years of age in Paris.
At his funeral service in Killaloe, County Clare, Fr Pat Malone remembered their great love between themselves and their two sons Tony and Dan Foley, which could often be found playing pucka sliotar or kicking the ball together at home. At that momentous occasion in St Flannan’s Church Killaloe where thousands attended his burial as an icon for Munster and Ireland alike.
Achievement and Honors
Olive Foley, widow of Munster Rugby coach Anthony Foley, received a standing ovation at Dublin’s World Meeting of Families when speaking in a panel discussion alongside Ronan O’Gara, Kerry All-Ireland winning star Aidan O’Mahony, former Manchester United player Fr Philip Mulryne and other luminaries such as Ronan O’Gara. Ms Foley described her husband as an ‘ordinary man who went about his business with humility and kindness’.
Ms Foley described the response to Tony Foley, 11, initiating a campaign after his passing as an unforgettable experience of solidarity. She called it a fitting memorial and an exceptional way to pay homage to an icon of Munster and Ireland rugby; “he would surely recoil from being recognized today”, she noted.
Foley, 42, died suddenly of acute pulmonary oedema during a Champions Cup game with Racing 92 when in Paris as part of his duties with Munster rugby club as coach for an away Champions Cup fixture against Racing. Two years after Foley’s passing his family is beginning to see some light.
Foley described the outpouring of love and support for herself and her sons Tony and Dan as being priceless. Limerick City and County Council presented them with a book of condolences this week, filled with signatures as an indication of people’s generosity and benevolence.
Clare woman won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Most Stylish Lady competition judged by Love Island star and rugby sevens champion Grey O’Shea, RTE radio mainstay Doireann Garrihy, Breeda McLoughlin and millinery expert Bairbre Power. To capture victory she donned a colourful Emilia Wickstead dress topped by Joanne Skelly hat in order to stand out.
Olive Foley, wife of Munster Rugby legend Anthony “Axel” Foley, received a standing ovation during her emotional speech about losing him at Thursday’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin. Olive spoke about family values and faith as they pertain to sports.
She expressed that both she and her sons were deeply grateful for all the support they received following the death of their father. Furthermore, she stressed the significance of community in sports and in her hometown Killaloe.
She then went on to praise Munster team, saying it could become your family. Her speech at RDS in Dublin included a panel discussion with rugby star Ronan O’Gara, former Manchester United player turned priest Philip Mulryne and Kerry GAA All-Ireland winner Aidan O’Mahony – each speaking briefly before engaging in dialogue between themselves.