Why do we all love Brian? It’s not just his on pitch performances and his determination that won the hearts of the nation, he is regarded as a top-class civic leader, a role model and gentleman off of the field. The ‘true mark of this legend is what he does for others’. Referring not just to his philanthropic work, but also his humanity and simple acts of kindness. Conor Buckley, son of deceased abuse survivor Christine Buckley, said when Brian heard his mother was ill, he called her for a chat.