Brian O’Driscoll, Celestial Steps – original painting by Rod Coyne.
€2,500 – €2,900
“Brian O’Driscoll, Celestial Steps” is one of a series of paintings born out of Rod Coyne’s own passion for rugby. It is oil on canvas and measures 70 x 100 cm. (28″ x 30″ inches).
This depiction celebrates the Irish legend carving through an opposition defense on a historical day in Croke Park, Dublin 2007. It’s a dynamic painting which treads a line between abstract and figurative full of tension and energy.
Rod Coyne’s original oil painting is the perfect addition to any home or office for art collectors and rugby fans alike.
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Brian O’Driscoll, Celestial Steps
Brian O’Driscoll is a former professional Rugby Union player who captained and played for Leinster, Ireland and The Lions over a period of fifteen years. He retired from professional sport in 2014 and now works in a number of capacities in the Business and Sporting world. Business and Sport aside, he has a keen interest in food, health, travel and lifestyle.
Irish & Rugby History on one Day in Croke Park
In 1920 British forces shot dead 16 civilians in Croke Park as reprisal for earlier attacks during the War of Independence. The Gaelic Athletic Association allowed the first ever rugby fixtures to be played in the stadium during the 2007 Six Nations competition. The visit of the England national team was an occasion laded with historical significance and symbolisim. Cultural differences were laid to rest during the singing of the national anthems only to be replaced by a titanic battle led by Irish warrior hero Brian O’Driscoll.
The Guardian report on one Day in Croke Park
“Let us leave further dissection of hapless England until another day and turn to an altogether more pleasant matter: the enduring quality of Brian O’Driscoll. Should Ireland go on to beat Scotland and Wales later this month and put an end to six decades of waiting for a second grand slam, their supporters may well think back to Saturday evening’s performance as being among the finest and most influential of their great captain’s career.
Brian O’Driscoll’s form has been much debated among his fellow countrymen these past few months. At Croke Park on Saturday, confronting a dogged but leaderless and tactically impoverished set of Englishmen, the 30-year-old outside-centre showed how a great player can grab a mediocre match and bend it to his will, calming the anxieties of those around him and giving shape to the collective endeavour.” The Guardian.
England manager Brian Ashton’s words
“England flew home from Dublin yesterday with the kind of hangover that takes months to cure. Never have they received a tigerish Celtic mauling of this magnitude and Brian Ashton described the away dressing room on Saturday night as “like being in a mortuary”…As the rented shamrock cathedral shook from cellar to dome, England looked about as comfortable as choir boys at a thrash metal convention. Brian O’Driscoll’s talented team simply plugged into the fizzing atmosphere and let rip… the die was cast by half-time, when Ireland were 23-3 up and already administering a beating of ruthless intensity.” The Guardian.
BBC Match Report
The emotional build-up to the match at Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, was more than matched by a pulsating encounter. Three Ronan O’Gara penalties edged the hosts into a 9-3 lead before tries from Girvan Dempsey and David Wallace gave them a 23-3 lead at the break. A try from debutant David Strettle helped England cut the gap to 26-13 early in the second half. But Shane Horgan and Isaac Boss added further tries as Ireland claimed their record win over England. BBC.