Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Heroics of Ireland Women's rugby team inspires next generation

Big tournaments can be noisy, rude affairs. Whether it’s an Olympic Games, a Fifa World Cup or a Ryder Cup, these operations tend to pitch tent, plaster posters, and plant flags all over town. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Still the coach’s coach: Liam Moggan on supporting Ireland’s mavericks

Liam Moggan chuckles at one point as we chat away about athletics and some of its seemingly intractable issues, at the Pillo Hotel just outside Ashbourne in Meath. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Too many hurdles for Ireland to jump at World Athletics Championships?

Irish athletes face an uphill struggle at the World Athletics Championships, which kick off in London tomorrow. Fierce global competition and drugs are two obvious reasons but there are obstacles a lot closer to home, argues Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Olympic dreams suffer while Shane Ross plays Games

“I make no apologies for it — I’m the guy who wants to bring the Olympics to Dublin.”

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Sport’s golden moments don’t glisten for all, not least Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic hasn’t harmed anyone. He hasn’t broken any marital vows or government laws but his sin in confessing to being “bored” during first round loss is the ultimate no-no in the realm of sports, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Lions’ lack of a standout leader hasn’t helped Warren Gatland’s cause

We were told that this was the best-prepared and most talented Lions squad to leave these shores in modern times, but where are the standout leaders? asks Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Memory puts paid to dogged Irish style of play

We’re six games and nine months into the latest qualifying campaign, one that started with a brilliant result and an awful display against Serbia in Belgrade, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Time to box clever on selection issue

Fere we are, looking on aghast yet again as the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) airs more of its dirty linen out in public, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Lions concept is a readymade excuse

Few teams can run out onto a pitch with as many ready-made reasons for defeat as the Lions which, in itself, must be an issue for Warren Gatland, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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Carlow supporters Ava and Sean O'Brien stepping it out ahead of the match between Carlow and Wexford at Netwatch Cullen Park.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Counties like Carlow deserve home comforts

It’s Carlow - the town, the county and its people - who will suffer because of the Leinster Council’s scattergun approach, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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