BRIAN O’DRISCOLL PLAYED his last game of rugby for his country on Irish soil yesterday.
A couple of hours later, less than 2km away from the Aviva Stadium, probably the biggest solo musician on the planet BeyoncÃ© played one of her four sellout gigs at the O2.
Both cases saw outpourings of adoration from fans that is difficult to rival.
So, with people not looking up to politicians and attendances at church falling, are celebrities filling the void?
Today’s question, Are celebrities the new icons in Irish society?