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Big Jack's Irish holiday home goes up for sale

BIG Jack Charlton is selling his Irish holiday home.

The former Republic of Ireland soccer manager purchased the home on the banks of the River Moy in Ballina 23 years ago.

Jack (79) and his wife Pat bought the Moy Heights home in 1991, just one year after he brought the Irish team to glory at Italia 90 World Cup.

But the price has significantly changed in the interim period.

The Charlton first bought it for around IR£50,000 but is now on the market for €130,000.


Local estate agent Michael Boland of DNG, 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.

A keen fisherman, Jack's house allows its 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.

But locals will be sad to see the legendary football manager leave the Mayo region.

"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 medalist'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.

Jack said he would love to get the opportunity to commentate on football but has never been asked.

"I did it in England but the Irish never approached me, no," he said.

"I never got invited to come and watch a game for television or for radio. It did surprise me, that."