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Monday 24 April 2017

Drico's happy to be an adopted southsider

Brian O'Driscoll after receiving his civic award in Dun Laoghaire last night. Photo: Arthur Carron/ Collins
Brian O'Driscoll after receiving his civic award in Dun Laoghaire last night. Photo: Arthur Carron/ Collins

Shane Hickey

IT'S official -- northsider Brian O'Driscoll is now an adopted southsider.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last night gave the Irish rugby captain its first ever civic honour.

Although he was schooled south of the river in Blackrock College and Willow Park, 'Drico' is from Clontarf -- well past the Liffey divide.

However, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown pushed aside any concerns about geography and awarded O'Driscoll the honour in recognition of his achievements on the pitch.

"I am at heart a northsider but at the same time I was schooled in Blackrock and live here," he said.

"I love this part of the city. It is where I see my home now. I married a southside girl and I love the area and where I live.

"I accept this award as confirmation of my adoption papers going through," he joked.

Cathaoirleach Lettie McCarthy presented O'Driscoll with a certificate encased in a silver tube.

Alongside him were his parents Frank and Geraldine and sister Susan.

The civic honour, which can only be given out once every three years under council rules, was suggested by Ms McCarthy in December and then given the green light by councillors shortly after.

The quintessential southsider, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, in the guise of his creator Paul Howard, read a special dispatch for the occasion.

A scholarship in Brian's name worth €5,000, and sponsored by the council, was awarded to Andrew Boyle of UCD rugby club.

Irish Independent

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