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Comedian Dara Ó Briain gets stolen bike back in eBay sting

Happy new year for stand-up comic and TV presenter

Irish comedian and TV presenter Dara Ó Briain has got his stolen bike back in time for the new year after apparently launching a sting operation on the thief trying to sell it on eBay – and says he may save the full story for his stand-up routine.

The comic, who has a home in west London, took to Twitter to announce the recovery of his bike this morning, adding some further detail in a second message on the social network.

The initial tweet has received nearly 500 ‘likes,’ with responses including this one from actress and comedian Tara Flynn.

The news also provoked a bit of teasing from some of his followers.

O’Briain didn’t reply to any of those, but he did respond to one from near-namesake, Daragh O’Brien.


Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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