Tributes have poured in from across Mayo in memory of the former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton who has died at the age of 85.

Jack had a strong association with north Mayo, particularly Ballina, where he had a holiday home for many years.

He was a keen angler and loved to fish the River Moy and Lough Conn.

Terry McCole from Ballina knew him very well and said that one of Jack self professed greatest achievements was starting a race for the Irish Guide dogs.

Judd Ruane from the Quay in Ballina was a very close friend of Jacks and they struck a chord with each other as they both shared a strong passion for fishing.

Judd told Midwest News that Jack would ‘stand out in snow’ while fishing and he also had a love of music.

Jack Charlton was a special guest at the Western People Sports Star Awards in 1986 and former editor Terry Reilly says Jack remained a lifelong friend after that.

Terry told Midwest News that Jack had time for everyone.


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