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Mick Lynch Discusses His Love For Ray Houghton And His Life-Long Support Of Ireland

Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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In recent month, British trade unionist and General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, Mick Lynch, has featured prominently in UK news.

Aside from organising workers strikes, his straight-talking, eloquent, no-bullshit rebuttals to well-known media figures such as Kay Burley and Piaras Morgan, have been a resounding hit on social media and have brought Lynch to a much wider audience.


While a guest on Second's Captain's RTE Radio One show, Lynch spoke of his Irish heritage (his mother was from Armagh and father from Cork), and his support for all Irish sporting sides throughout his life.

A lot of us support Republic of Ireland, and go to the away games from London. Over the decades we follow Ireland in everything really, tiddlywinks to rugby to whatever. I've even been to watch the Ireland cricket team back in the day when it wasn't fashionable. Anything to watch Ireland play something."

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Ray Houghton is my biggest sporting hero," continued Lynch when asked who his sporting heroes were. "Because he scored the goal in Stuttgart and in New York. I was behind the goal in Stuttgart in 1988, I went to all the games.

"Ray Houghton was always a hero, I like Liam Brady. Paddy Mulligan, Shamrock Rovers, was a big hero of mine when he signed for Chelsea back in '71. Johnny Giles of course, one of the best players that Ireland's ever produced in my opinion. All those players, all heroes.

"I like Seamus Coleman at the moment. He's a big hero of my son."

The rest of the podcast was also excellent as Lynch spoke of upbringing as Londoner with an Irish identity, and his life as a working-class citizen, fighting for the rights of his people.


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