Video: Boys in green swap their shorts and shirts for ties and tailoring
MEMBERS of the Irish football squad cut a dapper look off the pitch yesterday when they swapped their training shorts and T-shirts for the sharp new team suit.
Some of the squad donned the tailored outfits in the sun-drenched surroundings of the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links -- taking a break from their gruelling training schedule ahead of the European Championships.
Damien Duff, Stephen Kelly, Shane Long, Keith Andrews and Richard Dunne took time away to relax for the camera and model the suits, but with the sweltering temperatures they were keen to get back to casual wear.
The suits, to be used for all players, management and training staff, will be worn for the first time at the Ireland versus Croatia game on June 10 in Poznan in the first of their tournament clashes.
Tailoring company Chess London was chosen to kit out the team in suits and other clothes for the duration of the tournament.
Andrews is a partner in the UK label, which is described as a luxury aspirational men's fashion label "dedicated to creating classically tailored clothing for talented and dedicated men".
The team was measured four months ago for the suits which were then drawn up by the designer tailors.
The Ireland squad have been training at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links ahead of the tournament, and their friendly game against Bosnia tonight.
They are due to leave tomorrow morning ahead of their campaign in Poland and the Ukraine, and the lads yesterday seemed in good spirits and relaxed as they posed for photographs in the hotel with local kids and their families.
Their first game takes place against Croatia on June 10, followed by the game against Spain in Gdansk on June 14, and Italy on June 18 in Poznan.