Petition for a Jack Charlton statue to be erected in College Green

Petition for a Jack Charlton statue to be erected in College Green

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Shane Franklin started this petition to Dublin City Council

The Case for a Statue of Jack Charlton at College Green
Unfortunately since his death last summer the nation has not had an opportunity to honour Jack in a way that befits the man and his contribution to Irish history. While some may believe sports people should not be revered in ways that say a James Joyce is I would hold the opposite view. Sport and particularly football can unite and captivate the whole country in a way that no other area of the arts can. With the possible exception of the moon landing or 9/11 I don’t know of any other moment in Irish history when the whole nation tuned in to watch the same thing on television and even then I doubt the amount of people watching was the same as when David O’Leary put the ball in the back of the net in Genoa or when Ireland played the Italians in Rome on a warm June night in the quarter finals of the World Cup. Are there any other moments in Irish history when half a million people, men, women and children came to pay homage to a person or persons as they did on Sunday 1 July 1990 in Dublin City? Under the leadership of Jack Charlton the Irish football team gave us our most beloved and cherished sporting moments that have remained etched in our hearts and memories over 30 years later. He changed our self image and gave the country unprecedented success, confidence and self belief. Jack transcended sport and therefore I feel College Green is a befitting place for a man who was part of all of our lives. Jack also received the Freedom of Dublin on the same site on 26th May 1994. It is therefore with that backdrop that I feel a statue of Jack Charlton should be erected at the place where he gave his 1990 homecoming speech on that famous day. His contribution to Irish society cannot be overstated and should be acknowledged in a significant way.

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