Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Even when everything goes right, boxing still manages to have a problem

“Hands were made for hitting people,” Mickey Duff once argued. Then again, he would have said that, wouldn’t he? asks Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Why we should be thankful for this weekend in the 2017 Champions Cup

Let’s park logic and bookmakers’ predictions for a moment and allow ourselves the luxury of contemplating a scenario come tea-time on Sunday whereby both Munster and Leinster are confirmed as finalists for the 2017 Champions Cup.

 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Cynicism continues to reap rich dividends

So, suddenly all is right with the game. Is that it, asks Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Dave Kearney fighting back after injury misery with Leinster

There are good times to be injured, bad times to be injured and then there is Dave Kearney’s appalling luck this season.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Are we willing to sacrifice medals for a greater good?

Sport is the very definition of a results business but success can be measured in more ways than first, second or third, writes Brendan O’Brien. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Cash won’t always be king in European rugby

A few rapid-fire questions to start off… who played in last year’s Champions Cup final? What was the score? Where was it played?

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Night to savour for debutants

The FAI like to play up the time spent by some of its senior players in the domestic league but the rite of passage for most Republic of Ireland internationals still involves a one-way ticket across the Irish Sea before they possess the right to vote or drink.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Willie Mullins is a serial winner who knows how to lose

Willie Mullins has been second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup six times, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Rugby's Friday night lights divide opinion

Friday night games are the sort of thing that happens when sport seeks out the corporate dollar, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be for Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool fans yearn for the success enjoyed by the club in the 1980s, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Italy are the only winners in keeping Six Nations closed shop

Brendan O'Brien wonders if Italy are still worthy of their Six Nations spot.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Form shouldn’t be sole selection criteria

Tiernan O’Halloran has been touted for selection as Ireland full-back, on the basis of his good form, but elite sides are delicate eco-systems, and changes can have knock-on effects, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: ‘Vets’ trying to grow old gracefully

Charlie Conerley had a heck of a life.

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