| 18.1°C Dublin

Close

Premium


Golden memories of Jack's Green Army are immortal

Editorial


Close

Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem 'Put em under pressure' at 12:30 Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin as Jack Charlton's funeral comes to a close in Newcastle, England. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem 'Put em under pressure' at 12:30 Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin as Jack Charlton's funeral comes to a close in Newcastle, England. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PA

Republic of Ireland fans gather to sing the Ireland world cup anthem 'Put em under pressure' at 12:30 Walkinstown Roundabout in Dublin as Jack Charlton's funeral comes to a close in Newcastle, England. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There are normally three bullets at a military funeral. They are used for the three shots that follow the burial to signal that the fallen hero has been laid to rest, and warring sides can resume hostilities.

But the Green Army doesn't do protocol. Besides, flying flags at half mast would have seemed like bad form for the legions of fans who followed Jack Charlton around the globe, draped in green, white and orange on such glorious campaigns.

The crowds on Walkinstown Roundabout, and those who lined the streets, to see the cortège pass through his hometown of Ashington, in Northumberland, were more Mardi Gras than funereal. They were there to say auf wiedersehen, au revoir, good luck and God bless. But most importantly, they were there to say thanks.