Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Memory puts paid to dogged Irish style of play

We’re six games and nine months into the latest qualifying campaign, one that started with a brilliant result and an awful display against Serbia in Belgrade, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Time to box clever on selection issue

Fere we are, looking on aghast yet again as the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) airs more of its dirty linen out in public, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Lions concept is a readymade excuse

Few teams can run out onto a pitch with as many ready-made reasons for defeat as the Lions which, in itself, must be an issue for Warren Gatland, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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Carlow supporters Ava and Sean O'Brien stepping it out ahead of the match between Carlow and Wexford at Netwatch Cullen Park.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Counties like Carlow deserve home comforts

It’s Carlow - the town, the county and its people - who will suffer because of the Leinster Council’s scattergun approach, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Paying managers could have a big impact on fixtures list

It’s so often inter-county managers who put the foot down over club fixtures and the release of players, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Tottenham may soon find out there’s just no place like home

Tottenham beware: a new ground means new gripes, writes Brenda O’Brien.

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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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