Thursday 30 October 2014

Independent.ie readers share their proud BOD moments

Share your photos, proud memories or a special note to Brian O'Driscoll as the rugby legend takes to Irish soil for the last time before his retirement

Published 08/03/2014 | 10:04

19 June 1999; Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland is tackled by Daniel Herbert, Australia, Australia v Ireland, Subiaco Oval, Perth. Picture credit; Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE
Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland is tackled by Daniel Herbert, Australia, Australia v Ireland, Subiaco Oval, Perth in 1999 in one of his first caps

Today marks the day Ireland rugby star Brian O’Driscoll runs out onto Irish soil for the final time.

Do you have any photos with BOD,  any proud memories or a special note to Brian you wish to share?

Mail them contact@independent.ie and we will add them to the independent.ie readers’ tribute to Brian.

Here's a photo of my godchild Ben O'Donnell, also BOD, with his hero BOD. He met Brian last year at a training session in Carton House. Ben is a massive rugby fan & played rugby with our local club until January this year when he was told he couldn't play until after he had a heart operation. Hopefully he will have his operation on March 18th in Crumlim. I know it would make his day to have his picture with BOD featured & hopefully in 25 years we'll be honouring my BOD as retires from a marvellous career in international rugby.

- Emily Hurst

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We were in Eddie Rockets the day of a Leinster homecoming and Brian was there with Amy. Brian went to pay the same time as us so we asked if he'd get this picture taken with my son Seánie who was a massive fan! He obliged and was really lovely to him! Seánie now thinks Bod is his friend!!! We'll miss him!

-Eimear O'Mahony

 

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Back in 2009, we were delighted to have Brian and Amy celebrate their special day, their engagement, with us. Today, they're a wonderful little family and we're so happy for them both. All the team at ely restaurants wish BOD the very best of luck in his last home game for Ireland tomorrow!

- From all at the ely Wine Bar

 

My lovely wife Lorna got to meet BOD as he finished the training session in Carton House this week before his last home match..  She has been on cloud all week.  Best of luck Brian and congrats on a fantastic sports achievement.

-David O'Beirne

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I thought this photo was a very special moment. Well done Brian Ó Driscoll you have done your club & country proud

-Damien Sheil, Kilkenny

 

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Here is a photo of my nephew David O'Keeffe, age 13, with Brian at Carton House about three weeks ago during the school mid term.  Brian made David's day posing for a photo with him and had a chat - David said he was unbelievablely nice.

-Gillian O'Keeffe

 

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I was covering the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2001 as deputy editor of Sydney-based Irish Echo. The Australian press had kept calling it the British Lions Tour and we were making an issue of it. At a press conference before the final game, a prominent journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald asked Brian if he felt the 'British Lions' could take the series.

With a wink over to me, he said 'I'm not sure about the British Lions winning the series on their own, but the British & Irish Lions have a chance!"

Ledge!

- Cllr Mick Finn, Cork South Central

Myself and BOD having a squint off

- Richie McCann

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The closest I got to BOD- I took this photo with my phone at the Ireland vs France match in 2013

- Aaron McAllorum

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I met BOD on my 29th birthday in Queenstown, New Zealand the day after the Irish team arrived for the 2011 World Cup. A gent.

- Keith McCormick

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Here's a snap I got with the man himself a couple of weeks ago. That sign above his head is trying to tell us something I think!!

-John Gray

 

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Maria O'Reilly and Susan Boyle. We met Brian at the RDS after a Leinster game. We are huge Ireland and Leinster fans and going to be heartbroken when he plays his last home game today. Thanks for the great memories Brian

-Susan Boyle and Maria O’Reilly

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Brian with Tom Richards Trophy & Mark and Julie McCormack. The second photo is Brian with Mark & Julie McCormack - a 12-year gap !

- Mark and Julie

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We stumbled  upon him on our summer road trip last summer, he was attending J Sextons wedding! A pleasure to meet him.

- Liam Russell and Elaine Gormley

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This photo with me far right and BOD ,Robbie Keane, Harrington and then manager of bank of Ireland college green. This was taking just before we went in to meet Obama.

-Robbie Norman

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Rachel Daly , age 6 , Glencullen, with BOD five years ago, a big fan!

- Lisa Daly

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