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Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni during the 'Enda's Trek with Trap's Green Army' charity climb in Mayo

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni during the 'Enda's Trek with Trap's Green Army' charity climb in Mayo

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni during the 'Enda's Trek with Trap's Green Army' charity climb in Mayo

Unlike his legendary Italian forebear Julius Caesar, Giovanni Trapattoni was unable to proclaim 'veni, vidi, vici' yesterday. Signor Trapattoni came to Croagh Patrick, Co, Mayo, saw, but didn't conquer.

Time pressure was given as one of the reasons the Irish soccer boss didn't complete the much publicised charity climb with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and FAI President John Delaney, but one suspects his doctors would have advised him against making the climb at his age.

During a brief, but much publicised visit, Trapattoni mostly confined himself to the base of the 2,510-foot mountain, signing autographs on scraps of paper and green jerseys, with tremendous gusto, chatting in broken English to all and sundry.

One of those he met in the general welcoming scrum was Andy Moran, captain of the Mayo football team that will play Cork in today's National Football League Final.

"I suspect he's never even heard of the Mayo team," Andy said when asked if Giovanni had wished him well for today's game.

The razzmatazz was intense in the main carpark at Murrisk when firstly Trapattoni and the FAI entourage arrived, followed about 15 minutes later by the Taoiseach who was wearing a Number 10 (Robbie Keane) Irish shirt and tracksuit bottoms.

A crowd, estimated at between 1,000 and 2,000, had gathered on the mountain from early morning for the event dubbed by the organisers as "Enda's Trek with Trap's Green Army".

The event was organised to benefit a number of local charities: Mayo Mountain Rescue; the John Giles Foundation; Mayo Roscommon Hospice; the Western Alzheimers' Foundation and the Western Care Association.

While Trapattoni was loathe to go much further than the easy lower slopes, Mr Kenny, a seasoned mountain climber who has scaled Kiliminjaro in Africa, was gung-ho and hungry for action.

"Let's get climbing," he urged the crowd before taking his place with Trapattoni, Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli, Mr Delaney and Minister for Sport Michael Ring at the head of a procession from the carpark to the base of the mountain by the Clew Bay Pipe Band.

After brief speeches and the ceremonial walk to the base of the mountain, Trapattoni left quickly and travelled to Mullingar for a scheduled press conference at 5pm.