Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Great honour for Doctor Kidney

Six months after he led the Irish rugby team to their first Grand Slam championship in 61 years, the accolades keep rolling in for Irish rugby coach Declan Kidney.

Yesterday, the 49-year-old received an honorary doctorate of Science from the University of Limerick (UL).

Speaking shortly before the ceremony, Mr Kidney admitted that it was a “humbling” experience.

“It's a bit daunting to be put out in front of everybody,” he said.

“It is fantastic. I am really grateful to the University of Limerick in giving me this honour as it is a huge award for any university to bestow.”

The well known coach said he accepted the honorary science doctorate on behalf of all the players and management that he worked with.

“I am only too glad to accept it,” he said.

Speaking after a fantastic season for Irish rugby with the national side capturing the Six Nations title while the Leinster team won their first Heineken Cup, Mr Kidney said the Irish players keep upping the bar for themselves to meet.

“I know these players and any time they put on an Irish jersey, they will want to represent Ireland to the best of their ability.

“If we can keep doing that, then the results will swing as they always do in sport.

“Some days, they (the results) might go for us, other days they won't go for us but it won't be for the want of trying on any given day,” he said.

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