Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Call me Dr BOD' - Rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll receives Doctorate from DCU

WHEN he dances around Australian tackles on Saturday, Brian O'Driscoll will do so as a doctor.

Ireland's record tryscorer Brian O'Driscoll was beaming with delight this morning at being awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy at DCU, the highest honour the college can bestows.

The sporting icon received the award along with cycling legend Sean Kelly and Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor who unfortunately couldn't attend the event due to training commitments.

"I'm absolutely delighted. It's a massive honour," O'Driscoll said before the ceremony.

BOD's wife Amy and daughter Sadie were in attendance along with friends and family of the Irish star.

Both Brian's parents are doctors and Amy beamed that he has now followed in their footsteps using "the easy way".

Brian O'Driscoll and his wife Amy Huberman after he received an Honourary Doctorate at DCU today.
Brian O'Driscoll and his wife Amy Huberman after he received an Honourary Doctorate at DCU today.
Brian O'Driscoll and Sean Kelly after they received Honourary Doctorate's at DCU today.
Brian O'Driscoll and Sean Kelly after they received Honourary Doctorate's at DCU with College President Prof. Brian MacCraith today.
Brian O'Driscoll in action during Ireland squad training ahead of their Guinness Series International match against Australia on Saturday

"Dr Brian O'Driscoll... that sounds very bizarre," he added.

"I'm sure my sisters will give me a ribbing about a third doctor being in the house.

"As a player in a team sport, I wouldn't be very comfortable receiving individual praise but this feels pretty good.

"When I started out we didn't really have any facilities and changing out of the backs of our cars.

"Compare that to now. there is no stone unturned in getting the best out of yourself these days.

"We used to be a country of valiant losers but there was a band of players that came through with me like Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer and Shane Horgan and we wanted more.

"It's not a case of doing what is asked of you , you have to do more to achieve what you want to achieve."

On her way into the ceremony proud wife Amy Huberman said: “He’s going to be making him all also call Dr O’Driscoll now.

The couple’s baby daughter Sadie watched on as O’Driscoll received the award along with cyclist Sean Kelly.

Amy laughed: “We were both shocked when we found out. He comes from a family of doctors, both his mum and dad are doctors so he got it the easy way.

“Seriously though, I’m delighted for him, it’s a massive honour and I’m very proud of him.”

Sean Kelly, also joined by his nearest and dearest, was immensely proud to receive his honorary doctorate and speaks of how he never had the opportunity to enjoy third level education.

Kelly had to leave education at National School level due to his father's illness to work on the family farm.

"It's a great honour to be here. I never thought I'd be here. It's something I didn't get in my earlier days," he said.

"I was ok in school but I ran into my first blip when I was in national school. My father got sick so I had to stay at home and look after the farm. That was the first blip and after that I lost it altogether.

"I had an excuse not to go back to school.

"I thought of going back to education when I retired from cycling in 1994 but then I got pulled into other things like TV commentary."

"It's a great honour to accept this alongside Katie and O'Driscoll. To be standing next to two great athletes. I admire how Katie fights and O'Driscoll has had a fabulous career."

 

By Cormac Byrne and Kirsty Blake Knox

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