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(...)

Vinny and Ms Mysterious found they shared a passion for the movies of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Heading for the rendezvous at the entrance to the Bobbyjo Bistro in Fairyhouse, the few hairs on the back of Vinny Fitzpatrick’s neck stiffened, and a(...)

“It was Passion Sunday, which he felt was appropriate for the day that was in it, and Vinny was needed for the 11.30 Mass.”  Photo: AFP/Getty Images

With a tingling in his fingertips akin to the sensation he felt when he placed a bet, Vinny Fitzpatrick opened his gmail account on Sunday night to ch(...)

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(...)