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Published: 13:44 | 5/2/16

Martin O'Neill picks Fota Island as pre-Euro 2016 base

The resort includes a sports gym, a physiotherapy facility and hydrotherapy pools

The FAI has announced that the Fota Island resort in Cork will be used as the Republic of Ireland’s pre-Euro 2016 base.

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said that he and assistant Roy Keane had visited a number of locations at home and abroad and had been impressed with the facilities on site in Cork.

“I’ve been to a number of potential sites in Ireland and overseas, and we’ve decided on Fota Island because it offers everything we need right here on our doorstep,” said O’Neill.

“I visited Fota Island Resort recently, with Roy Keane, and I know that it has a good pedigree as a base for sporting teams and, in particular, football squads.

“The players will be in France for what will be a long enough period, so it’s good to keep them closer to home for the build-up to such a huge competition, and in a familiar environment.”

The resort has played host to a number of Premier League clubs in the past, with Liverpool, Manchester United and West Ham all making use of the impressive training and recovery facilities.

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