Saturday 24 February 2018

Wallace won't go to extra time as he heads for World Cup

Mick Wallace, Independent deputy for Wexford
Mick Wallace, Independent deputy for Wexford
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

SOCCER fan Mick Wallace has refused to let any recession-style restraint prevent him from attending the World Cup in Brazil.

The colourful Independent Wexford TD has attended every World Cup – except for one – since 1982.

And despite the significant expense in travelling to South America, he was determined to sample at first hand the dizzying display of talent in this latest football fest.

But he has had to take time out during the Dail term to make this latest footballing pilgrimage. And he has kept it relatively low-key – there is no indication on his Facebook or Twitter pages that he is so far away from Leinster House Dail sessions.

The Dail won't break up for its official summer break until the 17th of this month. A noted enthusiast for Italian football, Mr Wallace attended the Italy versus Uruguay game, which involved the controversial Luis Suarez biting incident. However, it is understood he will be back in Leinster House this week, having failed to land tickets for the semi-finals or the final.

In his spare time he is an enthusiastic football coach – and is one of the founders of the Wexford Youths club.

"I was speaking to him about three weeks ago and he was talking about going over.

"At that stage I don't know if he had got his tickets, but his intention was to go to the north east of the country," said Pat Whitty, a friend of Wallace's and public relations officer of the Wexford Football League.

"I haven't talked to him since then."

Efforts to contact Mr Wallace failed last night, with his mobile phone ringing out repeatedly.

Irish Independent

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