Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

James O'Donoghue

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Mayo must find an antidote to Kerry viper O’Donoghue, suggests Brendan O'Brien.

Just over three weeks ago, James Horan sat in Hotel Ballina’s Ox Room and dished out quotes ahead of last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry with all the usual boxes being ticked before journalists, players and coaches went their separate ways into the still balmy night.

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Ireland boss Martin O'Neill: Facing a very real task to qualify for Euro 2016

BRENDAN OBRIEN: It’s time for new heroes to stand up for Boys in Green

Last June one year, a Scottish team replete with journeymen pros without a win in any of the six competitive games they had played up until then in their World Cup qualifying campaign, travelled to Zagreb and came away with a 1-0 win against the world’s then fourth-highest ranked side.

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Ger Cunningham

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Cunningham defends JBM’s ‘fantastic record’

Three days on and the soul-searching continues.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Go get a look at Magali’s try, it was simply magnifique

If you have yet to see Magali Harvey’s try for Canada against France in Wednesday’s second Women’s World Cup semi-final then all that can be said is get thee to a computer or a smartphone ASAP. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Rugby’s continued growth shows no sign of stopping

Sports journalists, like the people they write or talk about, are creatures of habit. It’s human nature to lean on the familiar, of course, but this job sure does reinforce that point.

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Rob Heffernan: To receive bronze for 20km walk at the 2010 European Championships after Russian Stanislav Emelyanov found guilty of doping offences.

BRENDAN OBRIEN: A beneficial, if depressing, week for Irish athletes

Last April one year, Carol Sharp picked up the phone in Edinburgh and put a call through to her daughter Lynsey in the United States.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Commonwealth could do with a rub of the green

Should Ireland ever commit to the Commonwealth again, it would only be to the benefit of its sports men and women in the 26 counties, smack bang in the middle of every Olympic cycle

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FACE-OFF: Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao up close and personal during yesterday's open workout ahead of tomorrow's UFC featherweight bout at Dublin's O2. Picture: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Combination of glitz and combat irresistible to many

Conor McGregor has a different perspective than most when it comes to what the Irish sporting public holds close to its heart.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Bewilderment in Brazil as Germans issue reality check

Three days on and the images from Belo Horizonte that stick in the mind are not those of David Luiz’s Sideshow Bob- standing-on-a-rake routine, nor Germany’s seven wonders, but instead it’s the youngsters and grown men crying in the stands.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: It turns out the men in black are just like us after all

Hard to believe, but it’s 25 years since David Elleray, the Harrow headmaster who spent his Saturdays admonishing a very different class of brat, was wired for sound for ITV’s World In Action programme on a First Division game between Millwall and Arsenal at the old Den.

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Dublin manager Jim Gavin

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Can Kerry challenge the Blue Wave?

Thursday morning, Dublin. It’s early. Way too early.

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England boss Roy Hodgson

BRENDAN OBRIEN: England no longer expects the Three Lions to roar

It’s time again to dust off the joke book and dig up those old enmities.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: FAI facing tough task to put Ireland centre stage again

We are the boys in green

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