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[oh-brahy-uh n] /oʊˈbraɪ ən/
Edna, born 1930, Irish novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. Unabridged
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  • I nearly asked for Mrs. O'Brien, but turned her into Jones at the danger point.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Sir, there is no Lieutenant O'Brien in there, nor elsewhere in this house; there never has been.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • An' if O'Brien an' his frinds got into power, why wouldn't it happen again?

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • There is a man called O'Brien, who mismanages my uncle's affairs.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • It struck me, like a blow, that she was merely avenging O'Brien's insolence to her father.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for O'Brien


Conor Cruise. 1917–2008, Irish diplomat and writer. As an Irish Labour MP he served in the coalition government of 1973–77, becoming a senator (1977–79). He edited the Observer (1978–81)
Edna. born 1936, Irish novelist. Her books include The Country Girls (1960), Johnny I Hardly Knew You (1977), and In the Forest (2002)
Flann, real name Brian O'Nolan. 1911–66, Irish novelist and journalist. His novels include At Swim-Two-Birds (1939) and the posthumously published The Third Policeman (1967). As Myles na Gopaleen he wrote a satirical column for the Irish Times
Kerry. born 1945. Australian journalist and broadcaster
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