Dial-A-Smile stole a glance up towards the green – there was no one there – reached in to his pocket and placed a second ball in an advantageous lie.  Photograph: Getty

For Vinny Fitzpatrick, match play was golf’s supreme challenge. Not for him, the relentless grind of strokes, or the convoluted scoring system conjure(...)

The pinniped barked, rolled on to its back and flapped its flippers across its belly, like it was having a laugh

The inquest into Wexford’s early exit from the hurling championship was in full spate when Vinny Fitzpatrick, Sunday papers under his oxter, slipped q(...)

The future looks grim for the former  Driver of the Year award for Dublin Bus.. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The longest of days for Vinny Fitzpatrick began with a snap decision; he would take up Fran’s offer of sanctuary. It followed a weekend of friendly p(...)

Always a nimble climber, Vinny was quickly up and over, and soon dodging between the snorting steeds of the road, as he shimmied towards Foley’s.

Fear had become Vinny Fitzpatrick’s constant companion. It was by his side, and in his head, every living second of the day. It had got to the stage w(...)

When the burly bus driver heard Eircom were being asked by politicians to remove all phone boxes in the city, on the claim they were attracting anti-social elements, he raged.

It was eight foot three inches tall, almost 90 years old and stood, sentry-like, at the junction of Vernon Avenue and the Clontarf Road. Like many oct(...)

‘As the telly beamed out pictures of the throng gathered in Dublin Castle, Vinny felt a sense of pride in the steps taken by the ordinary folk of little ol’ Ireland.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

As he was wheeled in to Foley’s on Sunday afternoon, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt a lump rise in his throat. He couldn’t miss the large banner draped from t(...)

Vinny fancies Juventus to finish the job against Real Madrid in the Bernabéu and qualify for the Champions League final in Berlin. Photograph: Andrea di Marco/EPA

Snuffing out the last of the candles on the high altar at St Gabriel’s, Vinny Fitzpatrick knew he’d had a good Holy Communion, if not a great one. On (...)

Kevin Mirallas celebrates scoring the third goal for Everton against Manchester United at Goodison Park. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

As the Poldark finale gripped a TV audience of millions on Sunday night, a middle-aged crew, all male, were mining a far richer seam than anything un(...)

Events of the past days had forced Vinny tto disown the values shaped by his old man and by his own 35 years behind the wheel. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Kilbarrack Cemetery on the Dublin Road was well known to Vinny Fitzpatrick in that he passed it regularly in his day job on the buses. On rare occasio(...)

Vinny proves he has his finger on the pulse as Many Clouds wins the Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Vinny Fitzpatrick was leaning on the goalpost in the corner of St Anne’s when a certain little lady walked by.“Oh me, oh my,” he thought to himself be(...)