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Smith O'Briens Club Pay Tribute To Anthony Foley After Clare Final Victory

Smith O'Briens Club Pay Tribute To Anthony Foley After Clare Final Victory
By PJ Browne
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The Smith O'Briens club paid tribute to Anthony Foley on Sunday night following their victory in the Clare Intermediate Hurling Championship final.

The former Munster and Ireland rugby player - a native of Killaloe, where the Smith O'Briens club is based - died just over five years ago aged 42. Foley played up to under-16 level with the club.

Smith O'Briens defeated St Joseph's Doora/Barefield 0-14 to 0-12 on Sunday at Cusack Park, sending them back to senior level in Clare for the first time since 2013.

7 October 2003; Ireland No.8 Anthony Foley practices his hurling skills after squad training. 2003 Rugby World Cup. Central Coast Grammar School, Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *EDI*

 

"We were coming up through the town there, and I said I had one regret from this season, and it's that after the Tulla game that we didn't do something," player and chairman Patrick Aherne said during the homecoming.

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Smith O'Briens defeated Tulla in the championship semi-final on what was the fifth anniversary of Anthony Foley's death.

Instead, on the weekend of his birthday, and following a major victory for his GAA club, Smith O'Briens players and supporters sang Munster anthem Stand Up And Fight in memory of Anthony Foley.

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"It's a great Killaloe man's birthday, so I'd like all the team to sing a song for this man," said Aherne.

"He's not with us today, but we sang it on the bus already on the way up here. That's Stand Up And Fight, for Anthony Foley."

Smith O'Briens sing Stand Up And Fight for Anthony Foley

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