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Anthony Foley's son Tony (11) launches Facebook campaign to support bereaved

A minute's silence is observed in memory of Anthony Foley before a match at Thomond Park, Limerick, on Saturday. Picture by Lorraine O'Sullivan, Press Association

A SON of the late rugby star Anthony Foley has launched a Facebook campaign to support other grieving families.

The Munster head coach died aged 42 in a hotel in Paris on October 15, just hours before the team were due to play in the European Champions Cup.

Tony Foley (11), his brother Dan and mother Olive have received huge support since the former Irish international passed away.

Tony asked that a Facebook page be set up in memory of his father and to help other people mourning the loss of a loved one.

A message on the Axel Foley Memorial page, written on his behalf, also said that he wanted people to attend Mass on each of the next eight Sundays to offer a prayer for his father and others who have died.

The eight Sundays will start on October 30 on what would have been Foley's 43rd birthday. The rugby star wore the number 8 shirt for Munster.

"By doing this you will be bringing additional comfort to this mighty young man and his family at this time," the Facebook message read.

Meanwhile, books of condolence for Foley will be kept open at Ulster Rugby's Kingspan Stadium in Belfast until Friday.

People can sign the books between 9am and 5pm or on the evening of the Ulster v Munster game on Friday.

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