Legends of Irish rugby have joined the tributes paid to the wife of former Ireland rugby coach Declan Kidney who died last Tuesday.
Former Ireland and Munster rugby captain Mick Galwey recalled how Declan’s wife would regularly attend matches in support of her husband.
“We all knew Ann back in the day. First and foremost she was a great family person – she was always there for their children. She was also always there for Declan and was one of our best supporters. She had a smile and greeting for everybody and was one of those perfect ladies. I attended the funeral and there was a great attendance, which shows the mark of the woman.
“She was a teacher and a lot of her fellow workers were there. It was evident that they also had huge respect for her. I remember how you’d always see her around but never hear her. I would regard her as a perfect lady. She went to a lot of the matches – even the games away from home.”
Speaking to the Sunday Independent, David Wallace, who played under Kidney at both Munster and Ireland, lifting two Heineken Cups and a Grand Slam, said it was obvious Declan and Ann were always “extremely close”.
“I’m thinking of Declan at this difficult time. She was a lovely lady and was a regular at the games. Many of the wives and girlfriends of players who met her down through the years grew very close to her too.”
We wish Declan Kidney all the best during this difficult time. [Independent]