Roy Keane laments loss of faithful friend Triggs
'Triggs was great and went through a lot with me...you'll have me crying in a minute'
USING nothing other than her ability to walk, she became perhaps the most famous dog in world sport a decade ago.
But Roy Keane revealed yesterday that his beloved Triggs passed away last month. The labrador retriever was pictured around the world a few days after Roy famously left Ireland's pre-tournament training camp in Saipan after a blazing row with Mick McCarthy during the 2002 World Cup.
While his Irish team-mates continued on to Japan and Korea to play on football's greatest stage, their captain was fending off the attention of camera crews to take Triggs for a walk near the family home in Cheshire.
"She was a great dog and went through a lot with me, ups and downs," Roy said yesterday.
The former Manchester United captain was on his annual visit to Dublin yesterday to promote the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind's upcoming 'Shades' campaign.
And he admitted that the loss of Triggs had affected him.
"You will have me crying in a minute, so be careful," he said. "She had a good life. She was about 13 and unless you've had a dog you will never understand. She had a good innings, as they say."
Keane said she had been suffering with a tumour for the last few years, which eventually claimed her life.
But it is not the last we will hear of her. Triggs -- who made the headlines in 2010 when it was wrongly reported that she had died -- is the subject of an 'autobiography' due for release on June 1.
The book is the brainchild of Irish writer Paul Howard, who is behind the satirical Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series.
According to the publishers, Hachette Ireland, no doubt with tongues firmly in cheeks, it will be "a hard-hitting, warts and all memoir". And the publishers confirmed that Triggs had managed to put paw to paper and finish the book just days before heading to that great big kennel in the sky.
Meanwhile, Roy is now contemplating whether or not to buy a replacement. He also owns a German Shepherd, which has been getting plenty of exercise during the 40-year-old's break from football management.
Roy was sacked by Ipswich 16 months ago. And rather than watching games on a Saturday, he now prefers to go for a stroll.
"I go walking my dog on Saturday afternoon just to get out of the house," he said.
He has been working as a television pundit for ITV and also writes a newspaper column, but retains a burning desire to get back into football management.
"The next job, I will have to do pretty well in that. I have to be careful as I didn't do too well at Ipswich. There is no doubt that you miss it."
But probably not as much as he will miss Triggs.