Vinny had a new canine pal, Connie, a chestnut mutt with four white paws, and a white blaze on her nose, which reminded Vinny of Champion Chase winner Sire De Grugy. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The bundle was soft, warm and wet. Very wet. This Vinny Fitzpatrick could confirm, as a gush of wee dripped on the meaty hand he was using to cradle t(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins leads his famous team from the gallops at  Closutton, Carlow, Ireland. Photo:  Niall Carson/PA

When the text arrived from Angie, Vinny Fitzpatrick’s the first instinct was to ignore it.It could only be more grim tidings, he reckoned, as his est(...)

“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(...)