Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Olympic and Paralympic heroes always breaking down barriers

Thomas Barr decided to strike while the iron was hot and run a Diamond League meet. Natalya Coyle spent a fortnight working for RTÉ as a pundit on the Paralympics. Colin Lynch is targeting a world record mile attempt on the bike and Paul Pollock set off on a leisurely road trip around Ireland.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Early signs are good as Tralee back in the game

October, 2008. Tralee Tigers’ defence of their Super League title isn’t going well. And that’s being kind. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Ireland must mix traditional grunt with guile

Lunacy, he said. That’s a strong word. An emotive word, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Collegiate football could teach the GAA a thing or two

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of George M. Cohan’s renowned ditty which, legend has it, was penned on a train journey from New Rochelle to New York shortly after the United States had declared war on Germany.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Toyko Olympics not the next move on everyone’s cycle

Whether virtuous or vicious, it’s called an Olympic cycle for a reason.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Olympic ideal laudable even if Rio reality laughable

The Rio Olympics: What is it good for?

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Among the scandals dogging Rio, Irish hockey is already an uplifting success

Drugs, bugs, refuseniks, and a troubled host city: it really hasn’t been the smoothest of rides so far for Rio 2016, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Fight for survival in Europe’s backyard

As work trips go, it was up there with the more memorable.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Running riot with transfer procedure

Were Fionnuala McCormack a footballer she would stand with that clichéd cohort of players who ‘let their boots do the talking’ so it was some shock to wake up yesterday to the spiky sights and sounds of the Irish long-distance runner dropping an f-bomb and calling out the nationality rules in athletics as “a joke”.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Memories from an amazing 20 days that will never be forgotten

The Irish may have been lauded for their knack of sweeping whole cities off their feet with that rum mix of charm and alcohol, but the Euro party to which this country contributed so handsomely hasn’t missed a beat in our absence as all but a few die-hards returned home to life on Civvy Street and a watching brief, writes Brendan O'Brien.

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