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Birthday of two icons should be a holiday

Published 11/01/2014 | 02:30

YOU can take all your 'Random acts of kindness days,' your 'Run up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes days' and shove them in a (non-recycling) bin as far as this column is concerned.

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But today, January 11, should be a national holiday. It marks the 35th birthday of both Brian O'Driscoll and Henry Shefflin, two men who have contributed far more to the State than could ever be regarded as a patriotic duty.

Time vanishes from our lives when either one soars in battle, but the privilege of seeing that happen will soon pass into history. So any takers out there to start a campaign?

If we can set aside a day to celebrate the consumption of stout, is sporting genius not worth at least equal recognition?

Irish Independent

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