14 March 2014

Rathcoole painter’s masterpiece displayed in Aviva at rugby legend’s last home match

Rathcoole painter Leo Clancy’s epic depiction of Brian O’Driscoll was given pride of place in the Aviva Stadium during the 6 Nations Ireland v. Italy rugby international last Saturday.

On the occasion of the rugby legend’s last home match in the green jersey, Leo Clancy of Rathcoole had his masterpiece displayed in the foyer of the stadium, following a request to the IRFU from his local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.

Leo’s painting – which spans a mammoth 38 x 20 inches - depicts an Irish rugby match with retiring legend Brian O’Driscoll at its centre. The painter was partly inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “Last Supper” painting, allegorically mirroring its 13-man motif.

Proud-as-punch Leo said: “I’m so proud that my painting was on view to the public for Brian’s last home match. The painting is based on Leonardo’s masterpiece – the only difference is that God is at the centre of his, and BOD is at the centre of mine. I’m very grateful to the IRFU and Minister Fitzgerald for facilitating this happy occasion”.

Minister Fitzgerald added that “I’m so pleased for Leo that his painting was displayed on this momentous occasion. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Brian on a number of occasions and I’m delighted that a local constitutent added to his Aviva swansong with this lovely tribute”.

Irish Independent article on Leo's painting HERE.