FORMER Republic of Ireland soccer manager Jack Charlton is to sell his holiday home on the banks of the River Moy.
The former international soccer manager and keen fisherman is likely to net €130,000 from the proceeds of the sale in a somewhat revitalised property market in Ballina, Co Mayo.
Local estate agent Michael Boland of DNG Michael Boland, who is in charge of selling the four-bedroom house, says he has already been offered the asking price, despite the fact the property has only just been put on the market. There has even been interest in the house from one party based in the UK.
Jack (79) and his wife Pat bought the house at Moy Heights back in 1991 for around IR£50,000 and it is one of the few detached homes in the Ballina estate. Jack's house allows its fishing-mad owner to peer directly into prime salmon and trout fishing spots on his beloved River Moy right from his front bedroom and living room windows. The house also includes a kitchen, a living room, a mature front and back garden, a hall, four bedrooms and a garage.
"Jack has been a part of life around here for more than 20 years," said Mr Boland. "He has said that he is getting older now and that he and Pat cannot keep up with keeping a four-bedroom holiday home in order." But Jack will not be calling time on his regular twice-yearly trips to Ballina.
"He's made some good friends around here over the decades and his wife Pat says they'll be staying with other people instead," says the world cup medallist's estate agent.
Aside from the salmon fishing, Big Jack (he's six foot two) enjoys quaffing a pint at Doherty's pub and mixes gregariously with the locals.