The community of Ballina is invited to come out at 12.30 tomorrow afternoon at the Ridgepool  to remember Jack Charlton and what he did to promote Ballina and the river Moy, as the funeral of the former Ireland soccer manager will be underway in his hometown in Newcastle in the UK.

The late Jack Charlton and his wife Pat owned a holiday home in Ballina and were regular visitors to north Mayo and he was a keen fisherman on the Moy.

Over the weekend a large new mural was painted by volunteers and Ballina’s Community Clean-up group, on a building on the banks of the river Moy at the Ridgepool, of the former World cup footballer. The painting was copied from a photograph that showed Jack holding a pint and toasting fishermen on the Moy.

One of the main people behind the new installation is publican and artist Padraig Mitchell, known locally as “Smiler”.

 Smiler has been telling Midwest News TODAY how the idea came about and the musical tribute that will take place on the banks of the river Moy tomorrow, open to everyone,  to commemorate Jack Charlton.

 

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