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TDs give Jack Charlton a standing ovation in Dáil

TDs have given Jack Charlton a standing ovation in the Dáil
Connla Young

Former Irish soccer manager Jack Charlton has been given a standing ovation in the Dáil.

Mr Charlton died last week aged 85.

He had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and also had dementia.

The England 1966 World Cup winner led Ireland during some of its most successful years.

Under Charlton the 'Boys in Green' took part in the European Championships in 1988 and appeared at the 1990 and '94 world cups.

Members of the Dáil paid their own tribute to the soccer great last night with a standing ovation.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said Mr Charlton was a "larger than life figure who has brought us great joy and community spirit”.

He described Charlton as a "no-nonsense Englishman who united us in a feeling of national pride and self-esteem for which we will always be grateful".

Mr Ó Fearghaíl said the former England star was “the son of a miner whose contribution was major” before telling TDs to "let's rise and salute the late Jack Charlton”.

Mr Charlton's funeral is due to take place next Tuesday at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle.

It is believed the service will be restricted to 20 people due to coronavirus restrictions.

The cortege will leave his home before making its way to a local park where he and brother Bobby, a fellow World Cup winner, played football together as children.

His wife Pat, daughter Deborah and sons, John and Peter are expected to attend the funeral along with other close family members including his three brothers.

It is understood the service will be streamed but the local council's policy to date has been to provide the link to family members.

It was not clear last night if streaming service will be available to the general public.

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