'Saint' Brian and Fr Peter to become Freemen of the capital
MAN of the moment Brian O'Driscoll is to be awarded Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2014.
Fr Peter McVerry will also be rewarded for 40 years of campaigning for the rights of Dublin's young homeless.
They will join an illustrious list of Freemen and Freewomen, including former US presidents John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, U2 and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Brian (34), who raised €670,000 for Temple Street Children's Hospital and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) at his testimonial dinner last weekend, was nominated by the Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn.
The public ceremony is expected to take place early next year.
The nomination was ratified at the Dublin City Council meeting yesterday.
"Brian and Peter are from different generations but they share much in common; they are both inspirational leaders," Lord Mayor Quinn said.
"They set a remarkable example to us all by the way they apply themselves to their challenges... In their own way and in their own fields, they are both individuals who walk the walk.
"They are and will continue to be great ambassadors for Dublin," he added.
Some of O'Driscoll's teammates were quick to engage in banter with the star Leinster centre as the news broke.
"Is there a Saint Brian already? Trying to think what else Brian O'Driscoll could get!" tweeted prop Cian Healy.