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Ipswich Town once again heading to Dublin for start of pre-season

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 May 2017

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy offers Luke Chambers some words of encouragement at the Carton House training camp in 2014. Photo: Stuart Watson

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy offers Luke Chambers some words of encouragement at the Carton House training camp in 2014. Photo: Stuart Watson

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Mick McCarthy says pre-season will be ‘same-same’ for Ipswich Town this summer.

Since former Republic of Ireland boss McCarthy arrived in 2012, the Blues have always started their preparations with a week-long training camp at Carton House, just outside of Dublin, followed by a game against Shelbourne.

That is then traditionally followed by a series of games at lower level clubs in or around East Anglia, with a home game against foreign opposition – last year Belgian outfit Royale Union Saint-Gilloise – usually bringing the curtain down on the friendless.

Quizzed on his plans for this summer, McCarthy, who has never hidden from the fact he hates pre-season, replied: “Yes, same-same, friendlies. We’re not at Shelbourne though, we’re at Drogheda, north of Dublin. Then the usual, Southend, Colchester and other games around here.”

Drogheda are currently seventh in the Airtricity League Premier Division (top tier in Ireland).

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