Jack Charlton—The Irish Years

Director: Brian O' Flaherty

Ireland. 2005| 102 minutes

It’s rare when one man can inspire a nation and unite them in pride. It’s even rarer when an Englishman can do this for Ireland. But when Jack Charlton took the reigns of the national Irish football team, he did just that. Presented by an enthusiastic Colm Meaney, this documentary takes a look back at an historic era in Irish sport, a time when the Republic of Ireland fought their way onto an international stage and stole the show. Insightful, honest and frequently hilarious interviews from some of Ireland’s best known footballers and entertainers such as John Giles, Paul McGrath, Ardal O’Hanlon and, of course, Big Jack himself, this is not just a fine sporting chronicle but also a thoroughly entertaining watch. The film will also be screened in Belfast on Saturday 8 October.

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