Drum­mer Drico is new Bono

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE - PAT FITZ­PATRICK

There was a time when Brian O’driscoll seemed to tackle 22-stone prop for­wards with his nose. But that’s noth­ing com­pared to what he does in an up­com­ing sports doc­u­men­tary, Shoul­der to Shoul­der, that will air shortly on BT Sport. Be­cause now he’s only gone and played a Lam­beg drum, at an Or­ange Order pa­rade in Co Ar­magh. The video of him do­ing this is a test for all of us. Is this a turn­ing point of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion or con­fir­ma­tion that the rugby crowd are just a shower of mus­cle-bound West Brits? You’d guess it’s the for­mer. And in fair­ness, Ar­lene Foster went to the Ul­ster fi­nal be­tween Done­gal and Fer­managh, which was in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous, given that watch­ing foot­ball these days is up there with an hour in front of Oireach­tas TV. This might just be the start for O’driscoll. Hav­ing healed wounds on this is­land, maybe he could smooth out some dis­cord over­seas. (Any­one for Brexit?) When you view it this way, it’s clear what’s hap­pen­ing. Drico is our new Bono. Crikey.

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