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Tuesday 16 September 2014

First the title, now BoD may be on a stamp

Emma Jane Hade

Published 18/03/2014 | 08:03

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16 March 2014;   Brian O'Driscoll greets fans.  Ireland rugby team return to Dublin Airport after winning Six Nations 2014. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Brian O'Driscoll greets fans. Ireland rugby team return to Dublin Airport after winning Six Nations 2014. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

HE has received countless accolades for his prowess in the green jersey and now BoD may be immortalised on a postage stamp.

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It is one of the highest honours a person can be awarded in this country and generally people have passed away before they are granted it.

But An Post have said that they may make an exception for Brian O'Driscoll.

"We certainly would not rule it out, as it is one of the greatest honours that the State can bestow upon somebody of his calibre with what he has achieved," a spokesperson for An Post told The Herald.

However, diehard BoD fans may be left waiting until 2016 before they can get their hands on the collector's item, as An Post work two years in advance on their special collections.

"It's not something that is turned around in a week or two, so we will be looking now for suggestions for 2016 and beyond," the representative said.

"We are always open to suggestions from the general public, that's how many of the stamps do come about."

It wouldn't be the first time that BoD has appeared on a stamp, as An Post commissioned a collection in honour of the Irish rugby team ahead of the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

"We did a feature a series of rugby stamps a number of years ago and they were very successful," the representative said.

Meanwhile, O'Driscoll will be bestowed with the freedom of the city on Saturday.

He will be awarded the honour alongside homeless rights campaigner Fr Peter McVerry in the Mansion House at 7pm.

(The Herald)

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