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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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Smoggysteve | 8 years ago

Yeah. Because you have to be rich and famous to setup an ebay account with a false name to sting a thief.

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