BRENDAN O'BRIEN: While we’re waiting for another Robbie, let’s find a Lafferty

Billy Connolly’s love of football, like a slick passing move from one penalty box to another, can be traced back through the length of his long career, writes Brendan O'Brien

But the Big Yin never allowed that prevent him from prodding the game with a stick or holding aloft its follies and those of the people whose lives revolve around it.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Irish provinces spared English uncertainties

Irish rugby, to borrow a phrase made famous by Harold McMillan, has never had it so good, says Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: The 10 positives that put Schmidt’s mind at ease

It’s hard not to think that Joe Schmidt spent a good chunk of Saturday evening sitting in the stands of the Aviva Stadium with an inner glow of satisfaction insulating him against any looming October chill.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Football rule changes will take the game backwards not forward

You can’t say that the GAA isn’t on trend, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Calendar lull offers chance to salute our sporting greats

There’s still a few days to be crossed off the calendar but we’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that the first September in living memory without a pair of All-Ireland men’s senior finals at its core will come and go without the sky falling in and the very fabric of the GAA having been ripped asunder.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: So this is what happens when the All Blacks lose a match...

Winning, it seems, could come with a health warning, writes Brendan O’Brien

Sports may be rife with illegal substances but the endorphins released by the whiff of success, that sweet high, remain the biggest hit even if too much can lead to unexpected complications.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: A split second that changed modern day football

Conor Gormley gave us ‘The Block’. Fifteen years later and its claim as the most iconic and influential split second in modern Gaelic football remains pretty robust.

Two minutes to go in an All-Ireland final against your neighbours and bitter rivals and the man you deny is none other than the great Stevie McDonnell. The result: Your county’s first title.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Football’s structure, not systems, needs a refit

You know something isn’t quite right when a Dublin great is sitting across the table and expressing the hope that his boys will be put to the pin of their collar on Sunday.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Carbery's Munster move a litmus test for the IRFU

Something just doesn’t sit right about rugby in August.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Horgan may still miss out despite move

The latest chapter in Daryl Horgan’s career as a professional footballer began with a run off the bench for Neil Lennon’s Hibernian in their 1-1 draw away to St Johnstone in Perth last weekend.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Cunningham a rarity: An upwardly mobile Irish player

Very few of us paid attention when Greg Cunningham’s transfer from Preston to Cardiff City went through in June.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Could it be that Galway finally feel at home in Munster?

It’s less than two years since Galway’s beef with the ostracisation of their underage teams from Leinster’s minor and U21 grades morphed into the suggestion that the county should think about hopping over another fence and into Munster’s field instead.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Forget the naysayers, football’s still worthy fare

"To one’s enemies, I hate myself more than you ever could." — Alain de Botton

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