“We could call it the Garden of Renewal, to reflect the Easter theme of rebirth,” said Vinny. Photograph: Getty Images.

Almost a week into Lent and the burly altar boy at St Gabriel’s was on nodding terms with the regulars, mostly aul wans of a certain vintage, many (...)

 Vinny’s confession hadn’t offered the cathartic release he was searching for. If anything, he plunged deeper into the pit of shame.

On Valentine’s Day, the only affection Vinny Fitzpatrick felt was for the bags of cheese puffs he was demolishing at an alarming rate. By now, (...)

Tony McCoy salutes the adoring crowds as he celebrates his Hennessy Gold Cup victory on Carlingford Lough at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The lads knew when to leave Vinny Fitzpatrick “on his Tolberone”, as Fran put it. Apart from a couple of “Alright, Vinny?” there was no genuine effort(...)

New England Patriots’  Malcolm Butler  makes a vital interception to deny  Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette  during the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX  at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, USA. Photo: Larry Smith/EPA

For the dawn of spring, there was no sighting of daffodils, or leaping lambs, in the shattered world of Vinny Fitzpatrick. On Imbolc, the first of the(...)

It was most unusual for Vinny Fitzpatrick to march into Foley’s and order a whisky chaser to go with his pint.But on this Sunday evening, he was flush(...)

 Cliff Avril (56) of the Seattle Seahawks tackles Aaron Rodgers (12) of the Green Bay Packers during the  NFC Championship game  at CenturyLink Field  in Seattle, Washington. Photo:  Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Asthe final episode of Charlie gripped a nation on Sunday night, Vinny Fitzpatrick was in thrall to another leader of men; arguably, a far more noble (...)

Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Valeriano Di Domenico/Inpho

There were four of them, all female, and each one was dressed in a blonde wig, green jersey, white shorts, black leggings and flat shoes. They were un(...)

Everton’s predicament this season has been bothering Vinny. Seamus Coleman has been a wonder going forward but if Vinny was in charge he’d remind him of his primary duty – defending. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

The walk along the Clontarf promenade from the wooden bridge to the garda station and back measured six kilometres, for which Vinny Fitzpatrick’s pers(...)

 Joan and Aideen Goggin  with passengers on a Cork bus demanding that   a tradition of bus drivers dressing as Santa be reinstated. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

With a fitting sense of Festive timing, the 130 was stuck in traffic at Newcomen Bridge the same time as Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney was ringi(...)

 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.  Photo:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Having spent over 40 years logging the failures of dead certs and sure things, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt he’d become immune to sport’s capacity to spring(...)