IRELAND’S EURO 2012 hopefuls face into the daunting task of taking on world and European champions Spain, old foes Italy and Croatia this summer in Poland.
And manager Giovanni Trapattoni reckons the extra luck required to get through the group stages might be found at the top of Croagh Patrick.
The Italian will climb the famous reek later this month with Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, they announced earlier. The plan is part of a charity fund-raising initiative entitled ‘Enda’s trek with Trap’s Green army’.
“I am really looking forward to returning to Croagh Patrick,” said the 73-year-old coach in Dublin today. “It is a very special place, and hopefully this visit will bring us some luck before we set off to EURO 2012 this summer.”
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny added: “I’d like to thank Giovanni Trapattoni for joining us on this walk. I wish him, and the whole team the very best of luck as they embark upon their journey to Poland this summer. They have the opportunity to lift the nation.”
The climb, on April 28, will benefit charities like Mayo Mountain Rescue, the John Giles Foundation, Mayo and Roscommon Hospice, the Western Alzheimer’s Association and the Western Care Association.
Ireland’s European Championships campaign begins against Croatia on 10 June.