Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Why it’s vital the GAA must stop clinging to the past and embrace the future

Not everyone in the GAA community is happy with the fact that Bruce Springsteen’s gigs at Croke Park tonight and on Sunday have caused Championship games to be shifted around the calendar, but you have to hand it to the Boss in that he rarely lets the crowds down. Three-hour sets are de rigeur and an iconic play-list is routinely swept through for effect, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: There’s no safety net on the managerial merry-go-round

Billy Martin once observed the only sure way for any baseball manager to know whether or not he had been fired was to jump in the car and drive to the stadium, writes Brendan O’Brien.

 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Dubai Duty Free’s successful sponsorship can make Irish Open a marquee draw on European Tour

Dubai Duty Free chief Colm McLoughlin believes there are good times ahead for the Irish Open, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Fighting Irish finally enjoy elite facilities

Darren O’Neill is no stranger to adversity and hardship. For years he was landed with the label of Irish boxing’s bridesmaid.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Super Saturday can’t mask Pro12 issues

We’ve already crossed off 126 games across four countries over the course of 35 weeks. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Does high-profile sporting successes on international scale boost interest at lower levels?

There’s no clearly defined way to sporting success, writes  Brendan O’Brien   

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Why so little Olympic hype?

The reports and vibes emanating from Brazil have, to be kind about it, not been reassuring

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Soccer’s frightening concussion spectre

Whether it’s the smell of a new pair of boots, the smooth texture of a new ball unblemished by the thousands of hours of play yet to come or that sense of excitement that comes with donning the latest replica kit for the first time, sport clearly isn’t just about the joys accrued from playing or watching it.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Dorin Borodescu is taking paragliding to new heights

For years, the small community of 100 or so Irish paragliders had spied the glass ceiling that was the 100km barrier, but no-one had ever managed to break it over Irish soil - until last week, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Stars aligning for Shay Given

This may come as a shock, but nine years have somehow slipped by since Roy Keane made his infamous snipe at Shay Given, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: What happens when Paralympics Ireland invite a sports journalist to try wheelchair racing and tandem cycling?

Do a Wikipedia search for ‘Joe Schmidt’ and you won’t be hit with a bio and pic of Ireland’s current rugby union coach, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Time for Six Nations family to make most of Eastern promise

It probably escaped most people’s attention, but there was a pretty tasty rugby match in Sochi last Saturday.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Less should be more in brave new rugby world

Rugby without tackling is like a French market without cheese, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: We need democracy in action, not democracy inaction

Like much of the country, this column was marooned in rush hour traffic yesterday morning when news dropped the interminable counting of ballots in the Longford- Westmeath constituency had come to an end and, with it, the 2016 general election, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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