Republic of Ireland to be based in Versailles for Euro 2016

Martin O'Neill's side have chosen the historic site for their preparations for their Group E matches

Republic of Ireland to be based in Versailles for Euro 2016

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The Republic of Ireland have chosen the city of Versailles as their base of operations for next summer's Euro 2016 campaign.

The news was confirmed this afternoon, with Martin O'Neill's side set to stay in the UEFA-approved Trianon Palace hotel and will use the nearby municipality football facility, which is home to AFC Versailles, as their training headquarters for the competition.

CEO of the FAI John Delaney said: “The facilities and accommodation in Versailles are second-to-none, and will cater for every need of the team, management and backroom staff.

“I visited the area with Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, and both are extremely impressed and looking forward to being based there.”

Ireland will play matches in Paris, Lille and Bordeaux during the group stages of the competition.

O'Neill's side have been drawn in Group E alongside World number-one ranked Belgium, old foes Italy and Sweden.

Ireland will play their opening game in the Stade de France against Sweden on June 13 before taking on Belgium in Bordeaux on June 18.

They will hope to be still in contention ahead of their final group game with Italy on June 22.