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Thursday 22 February 2018

Our favourite translator Manuela Spinelli 'honoured' to work with Trap

Giovanni Trapattoni Celebrates his 74th birthday in March this year
Giovanni Trapattoni Celebrates his 74th birthday in March this year
Interpreter Manuela Spinelli stands by as Giovanni Trapattoni makes a point at yesterday's press conference. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni shares a joke with his interpreter Manuela Spinelli during Sunday's press conference at Gannon Park in Malahide, following the Euro 2012 win in Macedonia. Credit: Pic: David Maher/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni with interpreter Manuela Spinelli in Malahide yesterday. Photo: Morgan Treacy
Translator Manuela Spinelli was first to react to help him back to his feet, but (left) Peter Sherrard, the FAI Director of Communications, and captain Robbie Keane then took over
Giovanni Trapattoni, with translator Manuela Spinelli, is unveiled as the new Irish soccer team manager at a press conference in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin, yesterday

She became Ireland's most famous translator but Manuela Spinelli is about to disappear from our TV screens after Giovanni Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and the FAI parted company today.

The Italian language expert has been there for all the highs and lows of Trapattoni's five-year tenure and took to twitter today after being contacted by scores of Irish fans.

She tweeted: "Thank you all for your kind messages. It's been an incredible honour for me to work with Giovanni, Marco and @FAIreland."

Spinelli became a televisioin star in her own right last year when she learned to play the cello in a few weeks for a RTE show called Instrument.

Her happy demeanour made the 39-year-old an instant hit with Irish fans and there was even a soccer chant created in her honour.

Manuela Spinelli has been working for DCU Language Services as a Conference Interpreter for almost 10 years.

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