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Hero Brian O’Driscoll’s West Limerick blood

Brian O'Driscoll's family in Paris for his swansong on Saturday. From left, sister Sue, wife Amy with daughter Sadie and parents Frank and Geraldine. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Brian O'Driscoll's family in Paris for his swansong on Saturday. From left, sister Sue, wife Amy with daughter Sadie and parents Frank and Geraldine. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

  • by Alan English
 

He might be an icon of Leinster rugby, but Ireland superstar Brian O’Driscoll has Limerick roots.

This week, his father Frank told the Limerick Leader that his son is well aware of his West Limerick connections.

“Yes, Brian is a proud Leinster man but he does have some Limerick blood,” Frank said.

“My mother was Kathleen Collins and she was born in West Limerick. She left for Dublin when she was around two. The Collinses and their cousins the Ambroses are from the townland of Ballyallinan, near Newcastle West.”

Frank and his wife Geraldine were in Paris on Saturday to see their son play his 133rd and final match for Ireland, a joyous occasion which had the perfect ending when skipper Paul O’Connell – very much a Limerickman – lifted the Six Nations trophy.

The two giants of Irish rugby are expected to take each other on one last time when Munster take on Leinster in Dublin on March 29.

 

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