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Journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey outside court

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Journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey outside court

Jack Charlton was Ireland's favourite Englishman. His death last weekend provoked a massive wave of sympathy across the whole island. He will be fondly remembered for his outstanding management of the Irish soccer team from 1986 until 1996, achieving two World Cup and one European Championship appearances.

What he succeeded in doing was to restore confidence and pride in the national team at a time when morale was at rock bottom.

Through soccer, this good humoured, but hard-driven Englishman, restored national pride and the realisation that Ireland could aspire to greater heights in the world, if it put its mind to it.