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Ireland fans at the Walkinstown roundabout to honour Jack Charlton

Ireland fans at the Walkinstown roundabout to honour Jack Charlton

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Edel Foley, Declan Armstrong, Paul Martyn, Marie Early and Chrissie Dardis, from ‘The Avenue’, Benmadigan Road

Edel Foley, Declan Armstrong, Paul Martyn, Marie Early and Chrissie Dardis, from ‘The Avenue’, Benmadigan Road

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Ireland fans at the Walkinstown roundabout to honour Jack Charlton

The Green Army was out in force across the capital yesterday to give legendary football manager Jack Charlton a good send-off.

Fans were kitted out in their finest green, white and orange gear, armed with Ireland flags and bunting in honour of the former Ireland manager, who was laid to rest yesterday.

His funeral concluded at 12.30pm in England and, as a mark of respect, radio stations across the country played Put 'Em Under Pressure, the official song of the Republic of Ireland football team's 1990 World Cup campaign in Italy.

Italia 90 scenes were recreated in Walkinstown, where the roundabout is famous for the joyous footage which followed David O'Leary's penalty which sent Ireland into the World Cup quarter-final.

Gerry McGeough, the owner of Cherrytree Pub on the Walkinstown roundabout, said that an attempt was made to recreate those triumphant memories, albeit with social distancing.

"We tried to have an event that was socially distanced, although we did get quite a big, big crowd in the end but it was well policed.

"It was a quiet and considered remembrance for a man that made Ireland believe," he said. "It was such a dark time. The 80s were such a bleak time and, in 1990, Jack gave the country something to believe in. It was a time when Ireland stepped out of its infancy."

Joyous crowds held up placards that read "Give It A Lash Jack" and the bar's resident DJ played Put 'Em Under Pressure, which had revellers singing along.

People danced in the streets, singing along and thinking back to the time of Italia 90.

Catherine Walsh, from Templeogue, said that she remembered the excitement of those times.

"I'm here to enjoy the moment with the kids," she said.

"I was only nine or 10, but I remember the excitement and the kids watching it on TV in school, everything closing down for the day. It was brilliant."

Hundreds of fans also gathered in Ballina, Co Mayo, yesterday to pay tribute to Charlton, who was an avid angler who regularly fished on the River Moy after buying a house in the town there in the 1990s.

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Fans gathered at the Ridge Pool on the river to pay their respects and observe a minute's silence at 12.29pm before unveiling a new mural of the football legend, which was painted on the wall of a building overlooking the river.

And across the country, radio stations answered the call by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to play Put 'Em Under Pressure at precisely 12.30pm to coincide with the funeral service ending over in Newcastle.

The State broadcaster played the anthem on both Radio One and 2FM as well as on RTE's hit playlist station Radio Gold.

Chris Doyle of Newstalk said the radio station was inundated with phone calls and texts paying tribute to the beloved former manager when it followed suit with the anthem at 12.30.

"He was such a big part of Irish life and gave us such magical times," he told the Herald.

"It was great to be able to reminisce about him with our audience."

And it wasn't just the national stations that blasted the airwaves with the familiar refrain "Ole, Ole, Ole" during the lunchtime broadcast.

In the Kingdom, fans from across Co Kerry sported green jerseys and texted in their tributes to Radio Kerry when it played the anthem to coincide with the funeral of the former Leeds and England great.

"I think there was such universal love and respect for Jack," the station's news editor Treasa Murphy said of the outpouring from fans when Francis Jones played the anthem during his lunch-hour slot.

Social media was also awash with numerous tributes from Irish fans, including a post from celebrity puppets Podge and Rodge who posted a clip on Twitter of them from an interview with the smiling manager with the tagline "having the craic with Jack".