“You can also take these,” said Vinny,  reaching for Socket’s envelope. “Go home to your Ma and tell them you’re going to the match.” Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

When Vinny Fitzpatrick appeared in the canteen at Clontarf bus garage on Monday morning, his fellow workers stood to their feet and applauded loudly. (...)

““I’m growing one for Movember. So are the lads. Everyone is doing it. It’s part of male health awareness,” said Vinny.

“What’s that?” said Angie over breakfast on Monday morning as the rain tip-tapped down and the last of the leaves were blown away. “What’s what?” answ(...)

For most of his 57 years, Vinny had lived off the fat of the pig, from sausies, rasher rinds and pork chops, to black and white pudding and his Ma’s honey-baked ham. Photo: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty

As do-gooders filled the airwaves to warn folk about the hazards of red meat, and specifically Curly Wee’s finest flesh, Vinny Fitzpatrick went on the(...)

Right to the end, the gimlet-eyed spinster had been a demon for the twos in rummy.

For the midday appointment with solicitors Makepeace and Masterson of Marino Mart, Vinny Fitzpatrick shone like a new pin. His comb-over was trimmed, (...)

“How has it comes to this? How can a true-blue supporter, who has been at every All-Ireland final involving the Dubs since ’63, and whose Da played against Heffo, be turned away?”

The act of generosity was as unexpected as it was late. So late, in fact, that Vinny Fitzpatrick did something he had never done before; he ditched(...)

The Great Dublin Bike Ride: against the odds, Vinny was at the head of the Great Dublin Bike peloton which numbered 3,267, including celebs such as Ray D’Arcy, and his stumpy 57-year-old pins were pumping like pistons. Photograph: Sportsfile

After turning left off the Rathbeale Road, it struck Vinny Fitzpatrick that he was alone. He was the solitary cyclist, like the chap in the Arthur Con(...)

 Aiden McGeady: “While he vividly recalled McGeady’s wonder goal against Georgia a year ago, few other imprints sprang to mind.” Photograph: Inpho.

Not since snowy-haired Giovanni Trapattoni sailed up the Vistula in the summer of 2012, had the Irish football team gotten such an airing in Foley’s. (...)

Some 500 Vikings descend on St Anne’s Park, Raheny as Dublin City Council staged the largest-ever living history battle re-enactment in Ireland at the Battle of Clontarf Festival.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

From a distance, the rotund figure perched on a makeshift throne on Castle Avenue looked authentically medieval, albeit closer to Friar Tuck in shape (...)

Renovations had been helping Vinny pack up his troubles

For someone so sure-handed in the cockpit of his Dublin Bus chariot, or when armed with a pint no matter the throng, Vinny Fitzpatrick was prone to th(...)

The Perseid meteor shower: lighting up the night sky - and Vinny’s day. Photograph: Getty Images

Foray into ‘Fantasy Football’ is a fiasco but Roddy’s night is saved by a close encounter (...)