The Man Who Played Offside

Patrick O’Connell was a superstar and a cheat.  He was a superstar of soccer in Ireland, Britain and Spain and cheated on his family. He married two women with the same name and same appearance.

Patrick, or Paddy O'Connell, played for Ireland in the early days of the national game; he led the country to its first Home Championships title in 1914. 

He was tall, broad-shouldered, good-looking and robust: he played the final game against Scotland with a broken arm. Narrated by Flor MacCarthy and Richard Fitzpatrick.

Additional recording by Fergal McGuire and Colm O'Connor. Produced by Richard Fitzpatrick with Ronan Kelly. (2015)

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