Brian O’Driscoll to receive freedom of the city following Six Nations triumph
RETIRING Ireland star Brian O’Driscoll is to receive the freedom of Dublin this Saturday in the Mansion House.
And homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry will also receive the same honour at the gala ceremony in the Roundroom of the Mansion House.
The award was originally announced last November but was delayed until early 2014 due to both men’s hectic schedules.
O’Driscoll is in his final season as a player with Leinster and Ireland. His Ireland career finished last Saturday evening as a victory in Paris ensured Ireland were crowned 2014 Six Nations champions.
O’Driscoll and Fr Peter McVerry will join an illustrious list of Freemen and Freewomen including former US presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, U2, Kevin Heffernan and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Louis Le Broquy and Thomas Kinsella were the last people to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2007.
Amongst the ancient privileges afforded to a Freeman or Freewoman is the right to bring goods into Dublin through the city gates, without paying customs duties; the right to pasture sheep on common ground within the city boundaries; and the right to vote in municipal and parliamentary elections.