Tuesday 21 November 2017

More than a great pass as rugby giant 'Doctor' O'Driscoll gets college honours

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

YOU can just call him Doctor BOD.

Rugby great Brian O'Driscoll joked that he will ask his team-mates to address him as Dr O'Driscoll, after he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dublin City University (DCU).

Ireland's top try-scorer was in DCU among a trio of Irish sporting icons to be conferred with a Doctorate of Philosophy – the highest award the university can bestow.

Speaking before the ceremony, O'Driscoll said he was absolutely delighted to be there, and that it was "a massive honour".

He was joined by his actress wife Amy Huberman, who described the occasion as "pretty cool".

"Obviously he is going to make everyone call him Dr O'Driscoll from now on," she said.

Brian O'Driscoll with his wife Amy Huberman
Brian O'Driscoll with his wife Amy Huberman
Brian and cycling legend Sean Kelly pose with school students before receiving their honorary doctorates at DCU. Frank McGrath


"Both of his folks are doctors, so now they are not the only ones in the family – he just totally cheated and did it the easy way," she joked, in reference to the fact that O'Driscoll's parents are both GPs.

The former international captain said he was "truly humbled at receiving this prestigious honour from DCU" at the ceremony in the Helix.

During his speech he thanked his family – describing his wife Amy as his "rock" – and told his nine-month-old daughter to "be quiet, love", as she giggled in the audience.

Also honoured at yesterday afternoon's ceremony were cyclist Sean Kelly and Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor.

Due to training commitments, Taylor was not present and O'Driscoll described her absence as a "shame".

Cycling legend Sean Kelly said he was delighted to be in DCU with his family for the occasion, as his own schooldays had finished prematurely.

"I never thought I'd be here. It's something I didn't get in my earlier days. I was okay in school.

"My father got sick when I was at national school, so I had to take a bit of time out to look after the farm, and I lost a bit of time there – after that I lost it totally," he said.

The Tipperary man said he was delighted to be sharing the day with Brian and Katie.

Irish Independent

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