Anthony Foley’s Wife Delivers Powerful Tribute To Late Husband


Anthony Foley’s wife, Olive delivered a powerful tribute to her late husband at his funeral in Killaloe today.

Olive described her last conversation with Anthony last Saturday week, just hours before he passed away.

“We chatted about the lads and how they were getting on in the athletics, and how Tony was faring in the javelin.”

“Tony had a chat with too. It was a lovely conversation… I didn’t know it would be our last,” she said, breaking down.

“It was an idyllic life. Our home was so happy and it was a haven for all the most important things in life. Anthony’s values were so perfect.

“The show will go on and I’m going to stick to our plan, because Anthony is going to be with us in spirit every step of the way. He was my soul mate and we were perfect together.. he will never leave my heart.”


Olive noted that the last two years of Axel’s life were “very stressful”.

“He took that job as (Munster) head coach and he gave it everything, and he used the same passion he used whenever he pulled on a jersey. They were very rough days those last two years. He’s smiling down now, knowing he gave it everything.”

“He never held a grudge…he told me, ‘I was never as bad as they say I was and I was never as good as they say I was, so read nothing (in the media).”

She thanked their friends and family, and those who organised the funeral which “enabled us to focus on what was important, and spend time with Anthony.”

“I’m handing Anthony over to God now…We’ll take it one day at a time,” she said breaking down in tears to a loud applause.

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