SF councillor wants Trap and the boys in Portlaoise

The prospect of Giovanni Trapattoni leading Robbie Keane and the boys in Green into Laois was raised at Portlaoise Town Council this month.

The prospect of Giovanni Trapattoni leading Robbie Keane and the boys in Green into Laois was raised at Portlaoise Town Council this month.

Cllr Alan Hand wants the Council to host a Civic Reception for the Irish soccer team when they return from the Euro 2012 Championships in Poland, later this summer.

Cllr Hand proposed that the council contact the FAI to make the offer, as he said that every premises would be decked out in green, white and gold this summer in support of the soccer team.

“There is a huge financial spin off from the championships for local pubs and business. We need to be confident that we can attract big delegations to the county.

“If they say no I wouldn’t be disheartened, but it would be uplifting for the boys and girls who play soccer in the county,” said the Sinn Fein town and county councillor.

Whatever about the prospects of getting the whole squad to visit, there may be some hope of the Irish captain coming to town. His wife Claudine (nee Palmer) has strong Laois roots, her grandparents hail from Stradbally.