Jack Charlton

  • The community of Ballina is invited to come out at 12.30 tomorrow afternoon at the Ridgepool  to remember Jack Charlton and what he did to promote Ballina and the river Moy, as the funeral of the former Ireland soccer manager will be underway in his hometown in Newcastle in the UK.

    The late Jack Charlton and his wife Pat owned a holiday home in Ballina and were regular visitors to north Mayo and he was a keen fisherman on the Moy.

    Over the weekend a large new mural was painted by volunteers and Ballina’s Community Clean-up group, on a building on the banks of the river Moy at the Ridgepool, of the former World cup footballer. The painting was copied from a photograph that showed Jack holding a pint and toasting fishermen on the Moy.

    One of the main people behind the new installation is publican and artist Padraig Mitchell, known locally as “Smiler”.

     Smiler has been telling Midwest News TODAY how the idea came about and the musical tribute that will take place on the banks of the river Moy tomorrow, open to everyone,  to commemorate Jack Charlton.


  • The proposal to consider renaming the Salmon Weir Pedestrian Bridge in Ballina after the late Jack Charlton, mooted by Ballina Independent cllr Mark Duffy following the death of the former Ireland Soccer Manager, was rejected yesterday by the majority of councillors at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

    Councillors were in favour of remembering Jack Charlton, who had a holiday home in Ballina and was a keen fisherman on the River Moy , but felt that the renaming of the pedestrian bridge, that had only secured a name after much controversy and debate a decade ago  - was not the way to do it.

    A number of councillors considered including Jack Charlton’s name in the planned new Salmon Interpretative centre on the Moy in the town, or the erection of an appropriate piece of sculpture  - depicting Jack with a fishing rod, as more appropriate ways to commemorate him.

    Councillors agreed that the matter should be put out to the public, and give the idea more thought and general public input.

  • The Football Association of Ireland have described Jack Charlton as "the manager who changed Irish football forever".

    The 1966 World Cup winner with England died last night at the age of 85 after a battle with lymphoma and dementia.

    Charlton's family say he passed away in his sleep at his home last night with them by his side.

    He took Ireland to a first major finals at Euro 88 and also steered the team to the knockout stages of the 1990 and 94 World Cups.

    Jack was a keen angler and had a holiday home in Ballina for years.

  • Radio stations around Ireland will play 'Put 'Em Under Pressure' at 12.30 today as a mark of respect for Jack Charlton, who will be laid to rest this afternoon in the North East of England.

    The FAI are asking supporters to wear green in honour of the former Republic of Ireland manager.

    Jack's son, John, has thanked the people of Ireland for their outpouring of support.

    Almost 20 thousand people have signed the online book of condolences, and the FAI will honour Jack's memory in the future when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

    Locally, people will gather at the Ridgepool in Ballina at 12.30 this afternoon, to pay their respects to Big Jack, who was a regular visitor to Ballina where he fished the River Moy.



  • The life of Jack Charlton is to be commemorated by a special postmark on all mail sent in Ireland and England.

    The former Republic of Ireland manager, who died earlier this month, was also a World Cup winner with England in 1966.

    The postmark will be applied across mail posted from today, and will run until August 9th.


  • A minute's silence was observed at the start of today's monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, as a mark of respect to former Ireland soccer manager Jack Charlton.

    The former England World Cup winner died at his home in Northumberland on Friday at the age of 85.

    Jack Charlton has close links with Ballina where he and his wife Pat owned a holiday home for a number of years.

    He was also an avid fisherman, and spent much of his free time fishing on the River Moy.

    At today's council meeting, which is being held at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar to observe guidelines on social distancing, the Cathaoirleach of the Ballina Municipal District Seamus Weir said Mayo County Council has contacted the FAI to link with their open Book of Condolence for the late Jack Charlton.

    People can leave their message by logging onto www.fai.ie

    The virtual book of condolence will be open for two weeks, and will then be shared with the Charlton family.





  • Ballina Golf Club has paid tribute to honorary member Jack Charlton, who passed away at his home in the UK on Friday.

    The club says Big Jack was a sporting icon, a Leeds United legend, a World Cup winner and managed Ireland through their most successful spell ever at the Euros in '88, Italia '90 and USA '94.

    Jack had a particular fondness for the West of Ireland, owning a house in Moy Heights, Ballina for a number of years so he could fish the River Moy, and when he wasn't fishing, he would be hitting the small ball at Ballina's parkland golf course, his preferred course for the golf and the craic.

    Ballina Golf Club say Jack will be missed, and they're remembering his wife Pat and all the family in their thoughts and prayers at this time.