“We’re about to ramp up the installation of water meters on the northside, specifically the working-class areas, which you drive through every day,” said Tabitha.   Photograph: Alan Betson

For the seven o’clock rendezvous with Tabitha Tregoning in Stoker’s wine bar in Fairview on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick was early, which was not unusual(...)

“Vinny had first cried foul over the upheaval made on the pavement outside the house by the meter installation folk.”

Like Johnny Turk in the ballad, Waltzing Matilda, Vinny Fitzpatrick was ready; oh, he primed himself well. When the representative from Irish Water ca(...)

Everton’s Aiden McGeady: “Capable of lighting up any game, the Glaswegian conjurer could also vanish down a tunnel by the corner flag at the start of games”. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the storms, the traffic was backed up on the Clontarf Road on Monday morning to the extent that the 130, like many other Dublin Bus routes, was (...)

The USA’s Webb Simpson on the first tee during day one of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA.

As the Ryder Cup battle heightened in Gleneagles, a quintet of middle-aged European fans sat huddled by a telly in The Wee Dram pub in Auchterarder, n(...)

 Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell of Europe warm up on the first tee during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles  in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The four vice-captains, none of whom would break 120 from the back tees at Gleneagles, were revved up for their Ryder Cup call to arms. Included among(...)

Port Vale hailed from Burslem in nearby Stoke, they had a decent travelling support, who filled most of the enclosures opposite, bizarrely named the Ice Cream Van Stand at Grest Road.  Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

There were 6,357 fans at Gresty Road on Saturday afternoon, one of whom, a burly chap in his 50s sitting in the old Railtrack Stand, had no emotional (...)

The shrill sound of the doorbell stirred Vinny Fitzpatrick from his favourite armchair. “Hold yer horses, I’m coming,” he said as he heaved his bulky (...)

Paul McGinley: “The Donegal link reminded the lads of their darkest hour on Sunday, and there was no joy either as McGinley flourished his wild card trio.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

That a fourball of middle-aged men could tee off for a pint a little after noon on a Tuesday seemed slightly incongruous, but Foley’s pub on the Clont(...)

“The stretch of water between the Bull Island and St Anne’s Park was the venue for a unique rowing challenge involving the four pubs fronting Clontarf Road – The Schooner, Foley’s, Shingles and The Dollymount Inn”. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Considering his deep trade union bloodline, Vinny Fitzpatrick would have been entitled to saddle up for work, on Sunday and Monday, wearing war paint (...)

As he opened his canvas fold-up seat, and squatted down for duty, it struck Vinny Fitzpatrick the fine folk of Clontarf Harriers were not as far-sight(...)