His super-human endurance was truly awesome
WHEN he first ran for the Dail there was no photo of the aspiring politician on his campaign posters, just the candidate's name: Brian Lenihan.
Of course there was a huge name recognition factor. The poster immediately brought to mind the late Brian -- at one time one of the best-known people in the country -- which is exactly what Fianna Fail wanted. His eldest son was running as the party's candidate in the Dublin West by-election, a contest that had been a result of his father's death.
In fact, at that time the former minister's son was known by the Irish pronunciation of his name, Briain. But he won that by-election and from then on was known publicly as Brian.