Patrick “Don Patricio” O’ Connell (1887-1959), Irish footballer and manager from Drumcondra, played for renowned teams such as Belfast Celtic, Hull City and Manchester United. In Spain in the 1930s he managed Real Betis and FC Barcelona, saving the Barcelona club from bankruptcy. Despite reaching such high levels of success, Patrick died destitute and anonymous in London. Dublin City Council recently unveiled a plaque to honour Patrick at 87 Fitzroy Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 3 where he once lived.
Panel discussion with Fergus Dowd, Alan McLean, Maureen O’Sullivan T.D., Brian Kerr and Peter Byrne.