Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN OBRIEN: A small country thinking we’re in the big leagues

Sitting down with Aidan O’Shea in Croke Park earlier this week, it was impossible to avoid the contrast between the words escaping the Mayo footballer’s mouth and what was transpiring just across the River Liffey in Leinster House, where Paraic Duffy and Liam O’Neill were appearing before an Oireachtas committee.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Tadhg’s try-outs testament to how all storms pass

I was five when I ended a brief dalliance with Bobby Robson’s Ipswich Town, swayed by the history of the Busby Babes, Munich, the Fifth Beatle and The King.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: With proper marketing Dublin games could swell GAA coffers

Travelling in to Dublin city centre last Saturday made for an entertaining ride.

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Man Utd manager David Moyes

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Struggle at theatre of screams has me back in the fold

The sensation was strange at first. Unfamiliar.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Danger never more than a stride away in sport of kings

Brian Moore was co-commentator for the BBC at the Stade de France last Saturday as Ireland and France pounded into each other for 80 of the most intense minutes of sport you could ever watch through your fingers and he was prompted to remark at one point on the copious quantities of claret oozing from the heads and faces of the players involved.

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Payback time for Paris – city of Irish graves

Joe Schmidt hadn’t a word of French when he pitched up in the Massif Central town of Clermont-Ferrand back in 2007, but the Kiwi coach was a quick learner and he’s still known for dropping the odd peu de Francais into his vocabulary on those weeks when the opposition is of a Gallic flavour.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Global game needs a local connection

We’ve all at one time or another listened to stories told by the older generations about how things were in their day.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Almost impossible to fill Robbie’s boots

How to replace the irreplaceable?

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: ‘Almost’ won’t do any more — it’s time we finished the job

Sometimes, Monday morning dawns, and with it an almost fully-formed pitch for these Friday musings.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Schmidt’s side of the fence now the only place to be

Joe Schmidt’s worst nightmare? It isn’t Billy Vunipola smashing through the Irish defence in Twickenham tomorrow. It isn’t even those seven “systems failures” against the All Blacks that allowed Ryan Crotty to break Irish hearts back in November.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Hopefuls hard at work as we’re halfway to Rio

Ah, Rio.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Lions heartache just a memory as Irish switch focus

In the end, all that talk of rancour and revenge was just that.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Welsh rugby at the cliff face... and we’re on it too

YouTube must be the mother of all rabbit holes when it comes to the internet. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Bowling them over with a night of true Americana

Screened in over 200 countries, Super Bowl will be lapped up by well over 100 million Americans for whom it has become as symbolic of their country as Apple Pie.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: When being good just isn’t enough for female athletes

The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, tucked away down a nondescript laneway just off the M50, is a quaint kind of building for a place only turning 21 this year.

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