“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 (...)

Vinny’s remarks were tantamount to an accusation of cheating, the worst slur on any golfer’s character

When Vinny Fitzpatrick was feeling jittery he was prone to sweating in all the usual places, and a few unusual ones too, like his upper lip. His gland(...)

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(...)

Pádraig Harrington in action  during the final round of the British Open. After his round as the wind died down, a Dublin voice called out. “Sorry, I couldn’t find your Titleist, Pádraig.” Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

At the call of ‘fore’ from the sixth tee box, Vinny Fitzpatrick instinctively covered his large head and instinctively turned his backside to the dire(...)

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(...)