It’s been a pretty memorable season for Paul O’Connell. Coming back from injury and returning to his awesome best, Paul attained further honours in February by captaining the Irish side for the 2012 6 Nations campaign. While the results were below the lofty expectations of a nation, Paul was always seen to be leading from the front, never backing down and always gaining a yard.
For club, Paul is guiding his beloved Munster to the knockout stages of the Rabo Pro 12 and as defending champions, one would do wise to regard the red men with the respect they deserve.
But it was Sunday April 22nd 2012 that saw Paul receive one of the highest accolades of his glittering career. Lining out alongside Limerick’s mayor, Jim Long, Paul joined the an elite group of less than 70 that have received the freedom of Limerick City. Even the weather could not dampen the spirits of a crowd of approximately 1000 people as Paul received his honour with the humility and pride that has defined his career.
Several of us from BSMG were there in the crowd cheering on one of Ireland’s finest sporting icons of this generation and we are all very proud to represent Paul both on and off the field.
Congratulation Paul, Free Man of Limerick, long overdue and never more deserved.