Remembering Jack Charlton and his connection with Ballina, Mayo, the salmon capital of Ireland

Jack Charlton (1935-2020), who started out as a coal miner in Ashington, Northumberland, England, was a 1966 World Cup-winning football defender and then manager of the Republic of Ireland national team from 1986 to 1996, achieving two World Cup and one European Championship appearances.

In 1990, the Republic of Ireland were nearly 180 minutes away from winning the World Cup, but narrowly lost t…