Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Cam Newton was a bad loser but is there such thing as a good one?

IT can’t be often that American football kindles thoughts of Shakespeare but watching last weekend’s Super Bowl prompted the unavoidable feeling that it was all, well, much ado about nothing.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Coaching looks a natural progression for Paul O'Connell

Paul O’Connell may be in two minds about the prospect of a career in coaching, but there are no doubts among his former team-mates as to whether the former Munster and Ireland captain has what it takes to succeed on the far side of the tramlines. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Let’s keep some perspective on Ireland performances

At least that’s Argentina put to bed.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Return of arrogant England we love to hate

Welcome back England, we missed you, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: There’s merit in national football and hurling leagues

For years now this column asked itself: ‘what exactly does Allianz see in the national football and hurling leagues that most of us don’t?’

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Toulon’s itchy feet reveal changing shape of Euro rugby

It’s more than a quarter of a century since the Berlin Wall came down and communism was rolled up like a musty carpet across Eastern Europe.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Professionalism in GAA steaming down the tracks

Rarely does a day pass in this country without a wonderfully evocative image appearing in the national papers from some sporting event or other and yesterday’s shot in these pages of Patrick Cronin striking the sliotar amidst the floodlights and flurries of snow during Cork and Waterford’s pre-season meeting in Mallow certainly ticked that particularly box.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Building blocks now in place for elite success for Irish athletes as facilities improve

Our boxers, used to gruelling training camps in places like Russia, will finally be able to entertain the world’s best in their own backyard, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: GAA’s stadium building boom illogical and irresponsible

Firstly, hats off to Paul Rouse for his piece yesterday in the Irish Examiner on GAA grounds and the manner in which the association builds and uses them. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: All-Ireland team call remains as divisive as ever

As the island of Ireland prepares to field two teams at this year's Euro2016 Championships, Brendan O'Brien, suggests the next six months could say much about how we see ourselves, both north and south.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Learning that it’s not always good to talk

Tyson Fury doesn’t do ‘learnings’. Here is a man who could give even Conor McGregor
a run for his money with his mouth and there is undeniably some intelligence and wit about him, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Wayne Rooney a symbol of United’s fall from summit

So, it is a hail and hearty ‘welcome home’ to Steven Gerrard who returns next week to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground to don a bib and get a sneak peek at life under Jurgen Klopp & Co. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Qualifying for Euro 2016 doesn’t make Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane future-proof

Hats off to O’Neill and Keane, but let’s not chuck them in the air just yet, writes Brendan O’Brien

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