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Friday 28 July 2017

Lions legends line out for children in Temple Street

Warren Gatland and Brian O'Driscoll at Temple Street with, from clockwise top left, Luke Herlihy Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Warren Gatland and Brian O'Driscoll at Temple Street with, from clockwise top left, Luke Herlihy Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
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Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll has revealed that he's still in close contact with Michaela Morley - the superfan he met with the Heineken Cup at Temple Street back in 2011.

O'Driscoll delighted young Mayo girl, Michaela, six at the time, when he arrived into her ward fresh from winning the European Cup with Leinster.

Brian O'Driscoll and Warren Gatland with Billy Norris Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Brian O'Driscoll and Warren Gatland with Billy Norris Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Visiting the hospital along with Lions head coach Warren Gatland, O'Driscoll explained that there is a special bond between the pair.

"She's doing brilliantly as well. She got a kidney replacement and I've met her multiple times after," he said.

"She's a real character and that's one of the really great stories coming from the hospital."

"When you become a parent it becomes more real when you see the pain and torture that parents are in when they're kid is sick," he added.

Warren Gatland with Jacob Vogelsang Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Warren Gatland with Jacob Vogelsang Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

O'Driscoll has been involved with Temple Street for more than 10 years, and jumped at the chance to visit again.

"There is a charity from each country that has partnered up and it is a great initiative rather than just always doing our charity work in the country that we travel to, we look after our own as well," he said.

"I feel lucky to be able to bring Gats around and show him some of the work being done by the staff and bring a little bit of life to otherwise terrible situations that patients, but moreso parents find themselves in."

O'Driscoll with Michaela Morley in 2011 Photo: Shane O'Neill/Fennell Photography
O'Driscoll with Michaela Morley in 2011 Photo: Shane O'Neill/Fennell Photography
Brian O'Driscoll and Warren Gatland with Jake Carroll Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Brian O'Driscoll and Warren Gatland with Jake Carroll Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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