With origins deeply rooted in the ancient soil of Ireland, branches of the O’Briens nevertheless often found themselves on opposing sides in the bitter and bloody wars that periodically wreaked havoc on their homeland.
But what they had in common was a proud descent from one of Ireland’s greatest warrior kings.
In contemporary times and in literature, Edna O’Brien, considered to be one of Ireland’s greatest living writers, is the novelist and short story writer whose many literary awards include the 1990 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Lantern Slides, while her first book was The Country Girls, the first of a trilogy.
In sport, Vincent O’Brien is the retired Irish racehorse trainer of six Epsom Derby winners who was once voted ‘the greatest influence in horse racing history’, while Aidan O’Brien is the Irish trainer who as a jockey was Ireland’s amateur champion for the 1993-94 season.
The dramatic tale of the O’Briens is chronicled here.