Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Time to grasp nettle of Dubs’ Croker residency

“Parents are less likely to pack the kids into the car or onto the train to see their lot mauled in Croke Park, but a big game ‘down the road’ would get a greater footfall from the regions" writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Observe the sons of Ulster marching towards the silver

The numbers of people visiting Northern Ireland has mushroomed in the years since ‘The Troubles’ was still a phrase that merited common usage on this island. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: There’s more than one Man United

Most eyes were probably on events in Barcelona’s Nou Camp and Munich’s Allianz Arena last Tuesday evening, but there were happenings of a less-gilded though far more uplifting and important nature unfolding at the same time at the tidy little Tameside Stadium in Ashton-Under-Lyne in England’s north-west.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Margins slim but same blue feeling for unlucky Leinster

Never again let it be said that you need the perfect performance to win a European semi-final in France.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Pro12 badly needs a lift as rugby’s sleepy season kicks in

John Carver, the latest in a long line of men to be handed the ticking time bomb that is the job of manager at Newcastle United, has been fielding questions about his players’ choice of footwear for some weeks now.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Q&A - Michael Corcoran: ‘It’s not physically tiring but it’s mentally taxing’

So, has it always been rugby with you?
Not at all. I went to Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork and GAA and athletics were my first loves. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Horse racing, the Sport of Kings exists in an odd netherworld

Chances are that, like the vast majority of those who delve into the sports page for a daily dose of sustenance, your annual digression into the world of horse racing has come and gone in the past week.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Cork jockey Gavin Sheehan arrives on big stage with Cheltenham World Hurdle win

It’s four years since Gavin Sheehan left Ireland to try his hand abroad and yesterday’s triumph in the World Hurdle on Cole Harden is proof that the grass can actually be greener on the other side, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: There’s an i in ‘Simon’, but none in ‘team’

The ‘Cult of Joe’ that has fastened itself around the team and its coach is no bad thing, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Efficiency key to Ireland’s rugby evolution

"Non," said Philippe Saint-Andre two weeks ago.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Do we want to win or watch attractive rugby?

Ireland have stuttered over the line against the Azzurri but more intriguing is people are grumbling after a win over France

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