Agree with the general opinion. Only had him for two years Economics Leaving Cert. Got my best result in Economics and loved going to his class. If I had a few more like him, probably would have ended up a doctor :-)
One word - superb! A bit like Mourinho in football - expected high standards! Expected 20 + A gardes in hons geography in Leaving Cert and his class exceeded that!
Mr O'Brien, everything a good teacher should be. He commanded respect without any need for discipline. He allowed the class to police itself whilst all the time educating and encouraging. A legend
Top Class got my best grade in Leaving Cert (Economics) with him. Also a Gent and made you responsible for your own actions (e.g. not doing homework)
Pete O' Brian, it was a pleasure to have him for English, for the Leaving. Straightforward, trustworthy, kept you in line, and treated us like adults (when we deserved it). Great t
Geography and English teacher for all 5 years - still never tired of the man. Best teacher in the school by far.
Was our 6th year year tutor and geography teacher! one of the nicest people you'll ever meet!
Mr O'Brien was without doubt the best teacher i ever had, our class always agreed on that. from the lads of nb '96 to 98' we had him from first to third year.
LEGEND...Best teacher & a sound man.Nobody ever came close.Will never forget field trip to Myrtleville & my A1!
An outstanding example of the teaching profession!five years after leaving the comm im still doing geography.a love of a subject nurtured by a suburb teacher.
The best teacher I had, what a fantastic teacher. In my year of 23, we had 15 A's, a few B's and 1 C,the national avergae that year was 2.8 A's per class of 30.
Hope he reads these cos all the praise is justified! Had him for english, just a great person.... i'll dedicate my first book to him!
I had him for English. A great teacher and full of humanity. Always welcomed my far out interpretations of Kinsella et al. I have the utmost respect for him.
They say first impressions last. This was certainly the case with Mr O' Brain, If you didn't impress him at first you never would.
Mr. O'Brien was one of those teachers you felt you had to work for.Hope he's enjoying retirement as much as we enjoyed his classes.Thanks
If a student is very lucky then they will be taught by someone like Mr O' Brien at some time in their education. A gentleman and a scholar. Sheer class
Excellent teacher, both in Geography and Economics. Always commanded the upmost respect. No motivation needed for his classes
No doubt he was a good teacher - particularly in Geography. But he had favourites and I never understood the mass popularity.
Great teacher. He never laid down the law but he didn't need to. People had enough respect for him that they never messed