Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: A sober moment to see what others think of us

Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy, like so many of the stadia hosting games at these European Championships, is an architectural delight but it earns the appreciation of drivers on the adjacent motorway far more often than the city’s denizens thanks to its location miles out from the ‘centre ville’, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Surreal days and nights in France

It was only 6.30am last Monday when one Northern Ireland fan, still very much the worse for wear after a night that may not have ended, spotted a couple of guys from south of the border wearing their different shades of green and felt the urge to cover the length of the train station concourse in Nice in less time than an Olympic sprinter to have his say, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Ireland won’t want for spirit in #Euro2016 ... or anything else

Versailles looks the ideal base for team Ireland. The distance between the hotel and training ground is minimal and there will be no repeat of the suffocating proximity of Sopot four years ago, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Little in the way of southern comfort beyond Euro 2016

Get beyond the feelgood factor as Euro 2016 looms and there is real cause for concern for the Republic of Ireland when attention turns to a tough-looking World Cup qualifying campaign, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Why it’s vital the GAA must stop clinging to the past and embrace the future

Not everyone in the GAA community is happy with the fact that Bruce Springsteen’s gigs at Croke Park tonight and on Sunday have caused Championship games to be shifted around the calendar, but you have to hand it to the Boss in that he rarely lets the crowds down. Three-hour sets are de rigeur and an iconic play-list is routinely swept through for effect, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: There’s no safety net on the managerial merry-go-round

Billy Martin once observed the only sure way for any baseball manager to know whether or not he had been fired was to jump in the car and drive to the stadium, writes Brendan O’Brien.

 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Dubai Duty Free’s successful sponsorship can make Irish Open a marquee draw on European Tour

Dubai Duty Free chief Colm McLoughlin believes there are good times ahead for the Irish Open, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Fighting Irish finally enjoy elite facilities

Darren O’Neill is no stranger to adversity and hardship. For years he was landed with the label of Irish boxing’s bridesmaid.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Super Saturday can’t mask Pro12 issues

We’ve already crossed off 126 games across four countries over the course of 35 weeks. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Does high-profile sporting successes on international scale boost interest at lower levels?

There’s no clearly defined way to sporting success, writes  Brendan O’Brien   

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Why so little Olympic hype?

The reports and vibes emanating from Brazil have, to be kind about it, not been reassuring

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Soccer’s frightening concussion spectre

Whether it’s the smell of a new pair of boots, the smooth texture of a new ball unblemished by the thousands of hours of play yet to come or that sense of excitement that comes with donning the latest replica kit for the first time, sport clearly isn’t just about the joys accrued from playing or watching it.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Dorin Borodescu is taking paragliding to new heights

For years, the small community of 100 or so Irish paragliders had spied the glass ceiling that was the 100km barrier, but no-one had ever managed to break it over Irish soil - until last week, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Stars aligning for Shay Given

This may come as a shock, but nine years have somehow slipped by since Roy Keane made his infamous snipe at Shay Given, writes Brendan O’Brien

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