Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Rob Heffernan keeps fire burning in quest for a fifth Olympics

European senior silver medallist by 17, retired by 22. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Like Wilkinson, Johnny Sexton must tackle his instincts

With renewed focus on concussion, there are contrasting cultures in the northern and southern hemispheres in that the approach here is to seek ‘collisions’ while the emphasis down there is to avoid ‘contact’, writes Brendan O’Brien

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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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