Pic: Anthony Foley’s Old School Honour Him With Wonderful Tribute On Cup Day
Our flag will fly forever.
Can Anthony Foley’s old secondary school St. Munchin’s College take a leaf out of Munster’s book and draw inspiration from the late hero today? The Limerick based school begin their cup campaign this afternoon and have hung a beautiful banner in tribute to their former student.
Foley captained St Munchin’s to a Munster Schools Junior Cup success in 1989 and was hugely influential in helping the Corbally based school reach two Senior Cup finals in subsequent years.
Pat Cross, who taught the late Anthony Foley science at St Munchin’s and also coached him as Senior Cup level following his death back in October said:
”Anthony captained the school to win the Junior Cup in 1989. Three years later, we got to the final of the Senior Cup and I was backs coach. It wasn’t a vintage side, but Anthony just carried us the whole way to the final.
“We beat CBC in the semi-final who had been hot favourites. Anthony practically beat them on his own. It was the best game I saw an individual play at schools level.
“We lost to Pres’, coached by Declan Kidney in the final. Anthony had scored something like 24 tries that season, between friendlies and Cup matches from the number eight position.
“He was very big, powerful, athletic and very intelligent footballer. He had a great sense of where to be and what to do all the time.
“The school community as well as people outside of it are very, very upset by the news that broke on Sunday lunchtime. To lose someone so young in such circumstances is such a shock. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Gone but not forgotten. We’re sure he’ll have an eye on the proceedings today.