Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Conor Murray focused on beating England, not records

Joe Schmidt likes to play it with a straight bat when it comes to the pageantry and paraphernalia that accompanies his Irish rugby team. 


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Playing numbers game on ‘magic’ of Ryder Cup

Kayser Soze, Kevin Spacey’s memorable villain in ‘The Usual Suspects’, delivered one of cinema’s greatest lines 20 years ago when he reasoned the devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Jonathan Sexton's eye injury.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Rugby’s urge to ‘shake it off’ remains as strong as ever

Another weekend of bumper fare for the Six Nations.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: European Games set down building blocks for future

The European Games is just one sporting plank in a project aimed at building Azerbaijan’s international profile, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Simon Zebo

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Simon Zebo: ‘I get bored when I’m just standing out on the wing’

Simon Zebo has hardly had time to take his seat when the first question hurtles towards him, says Brendan O’Brien.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: World Cup will dictate how this team is remembered

Three months on and this column is still wiping egg from its face, writes Brendan O’Brien

WARMING UP: Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby arrives for squad training. Picture: Brendan Moran

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Simon Easterby expects Italy onslaught

The week before the first Six Nations games is fertile ground for cliches, says Brendan O’Brien.

Bryan Keane

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Swim. Cycle. Run. Three is a magic number for Bryan Keane

Even a serious training accident hasn’t dented Bryan Keane’s passion for triathlons.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Final place in sporting jigsaw about to fall into place

IT’S 20 years since this column sat down to complete the Leaving Cert – for a second, excruciating time – but it is probably some sort of twisted pseudo-tribute to that daunting time in all our lives that scraps of the information we had to learn by rote occasionally jostle their way back to the forefront of the mind when least expected, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Ian Madigan training yesterday.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Richie Murphy trusts Ian Madigan to bounce back

Ian Madigan endured a tormenting day with the boot for Leinster against Wasps last weekend but the man who knows his kicking abilities best has backed him to bounce back against Italy on Saturday week, says Brendan O’Brien.