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.


In 1988, Irish businessman, Brody Sweeney set up his first sandwich shop in Dublin. He 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]

Initially only in Ireland, the chain once operated over 300 sandwich bars in Australia, China, Denmark, United Kingdom, Gibraltar, India, Indonesia, Bahrain, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and Thailand.

There are two left in Singapore, one located in the Singapore General Hospital and the other in the CBD.

Irish employment law broken[edit]

In November 2008, Sweeney acknowledged that the company had not complied with rules on Sunday premiums[1] before an intensive campaign by the National Employment Rights Authority in the catering industry.[2]


In June 2009, the company announced that its UK business went into administration,[3][4] and in July 2009, the Irish business entered examinership.[5] The court was told the chain would close an unspecified number of its 85 stores in Ireland to ease its debt of more than €4 million. On 7 October 2009, it was announced O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars, which employs 800 people in Ireland, had gone into liquidation.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Premium for Sunday Working". Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  2. ^ Industrial Relations News 41 – ‘Minister concurs with employer objections to JLC rules' 11 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Sandwich firm in administration". BBC News. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Sat, Jun 20, 2009 - UK arm of O'Briens sandwich chain enters administration". The Irish Times. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  5. ^ "O'Brien's Sandwich Bars placed in examinership". The Irish Times. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  6. ^ "O'Brien's enters examinership". The Irish Times. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2010.

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