Roddy l’Estrange: A Christmas Tale for Vinny

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As a blushing Santa retreated to the brighter lights of the lounge, Vinny called for a refill. Photograph: Sebastian Kahnert/AFP/Getty Images

As a blushing Santa retreated to the brighter lights of the lounge, Vinny called for a refill. Photograph: Sebastian Kahnert/AFP/Getty Images

The stooped figure shuffled along the Clontarf seafront on a grey Sunday afternoon.

His gait was gimpy and his pace pedestrian, for Vinny Fitzpatrick had long lost his first flush of youth.

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