Much as been made recently about the importance of Ireland's Call, and its unifying powers, with Brian O'Driscoll visiting the Ireland camp before their Six Nations game against France in February, to talk about his Shoulder To Shoulder documentary.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, O'Driscoll shared further thoughts on the documentary, which explored the unique situation of the Irish team, that sees North and South united.
One of the scenes in the doc featured O'Driscoll wearing a Lambeg drum in Loughgall on July 12, something which he feared he would get 'slaughtered' for on social media.
Well, I knew I was going to get slaughtered once I’d chosen to do it because social media is about immediate judgment.
Even that night with all the hassle I was getting I was proud of myself for doing it because it was the right thing to do for the documentary we were doing around what it meant to be Irish and what it meant to be an Irish rugby supporter.
Brian O'Driscoll Reminisces On The Shoulder To Shoulder Documentary
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“If I was to pick and choose the bits I wanted to do, and didn’t want to do, I think that would have been disingenuous to understanding if people were British or Irish or Northern Irish, Ulstermen, all together.
"The weird thing about Irish rugby is you can have the staunchest republican from Cork sitting in the stands beside the staunchest Orangeman, yet they can be cheering for the same team.
"If you look at it separately and together it does not make sense, and yet somehow that happens for 80 minutes.”