Ireland and Lions legend Brian O’Driscoll has gone viral on Twitter for his random act of kindness at an airport this week.
Christine Wilson posted on Twitter: “Yesterday (Thursday), my mother travelled back to Ireland from the UK, where she’d visited friends and family for the first time since she lost the love of her life to cancer.
“His first anniversary is this month. She was tired and emotionally fragile at the airport.
“Memories of holidays they took came back to her – holidays together that won’t happen again.
“She was struggling with her bags on the steps out to the tarmac, and missing the person she called ‘her big strong man’ to help her.
“She was getting tearful, and it was then that someone she described as ‘a very handsome man’ offered to carry her bag, and even took it on to the plane for her.
“She said he was kind and helpful, which was just what she needed at that point.
“So a huge thank you from me to Brian O’Driscoll – not only did you help out my lovely mam when she was feeling helpless and lost, but as she’s been a huge fan of yours for as long as I remember, to meet you and find you to be kind and generous gave her a real lift. Thank you.”
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Brian O’Driscoll ranks his five toughest opponents
#5. JASON ROBINSON (ENGLAND)
O’DRISCOLL SAID: “To get to see in close quarters what he was capable of. You see so much on a Saturday, but when you’re training and playing and watching players of that calibre leading up to a Saturday. You see some exceptional stuff that cameras don’t always catch.
“Jason, I knew so little of him in 2001 other than his rugby league talent. But to have a full appreciation of what his footwork was like, you need to defend against it, and it was horrible at times in training.
“I would’ve analysed him a lot as I played against him, he was equally comfortable on either foot, it made no difference to him. There was no preference on ball carry, you just could not work him out. He honed the ability to be unpredictable as well.
“He might’ve been a small guy, but he packed a serious punch too.”