When Jack Charlton was manager of the Irish soccer team, the team used to stay at the Nuremore Hotel in Carrickmacross. I had just begun working for Northern Sound radio; doing everything from reporting news and sport to reading the death notices.

Ireland were due to play a crucial match. I can’t remember which one, but it may very well have been that infamous November 1993 World Cup qualifier in Belfast against Northern Ireland. The team were staying in the Nuremore and, of course, Northern Sound was the local radio station. So I thought it was my job to see if I could interview Jack Charlton. I rang the hotel and asked if I could be put through to his room. The lady on the switch duly obliged without haste.