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O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars

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O'Briens Irish Sandwich Cafe' Ballsbridge kiosk in Dublin, Ireland

O'Briens Irish Sandwich Cafe, also known as O'Briens, is an Irish franchise sandwich cafe chain founded in Ireland in 1988 by Brody Sweeney. As of October 2009, O'Briens was operated by the AIL Group, who owns Abrakebabra.[1]


In 1988, Irish businessman, Brody Sweeney set up his first sandwich shop in Dublin.[2][3] Sweeney reportedly chose the name O'Brien's because it was the most common name in the phone book and he wanted a very common Irish surname in the event of expansion overseas.[citation needed]

In 2009, the company went into liquidation and was purchased by Abrakebabra Investments Limited.[1]

Initially operating only in Ireland, the chain once operated sandwich bars in Australia, China, Gibraltar, Indonesia, Bahrain, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "Abrakebabra group buys O'Briens". irishtimes.com. Irish Times. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  2. ^ "O'Briens founder aims to run for Fine Gael". The Irish Times. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Bread and butter man". The Irish Times. 8 October 1999. Retrieved 11 September 2020.

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