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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.”

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