Still up for the craic: Poznan's mayor flies in to thank Green Army for exceptional behaviour
Published 17/07/2012 | 05:00
THE lord mayor of Poznan is to meet President Michael D Higgins and FAI chiefs tomorrow when he flies in to personally thank the Green Army for their exceptional behaviour during Euro 2012.
Ryszard Grobelny has also invited fans to join him for a pint at O'Donoghue's pub in Merrion Row, Dublin, tomorrow night before he opens a special outdoor photo exhibition on Thursday documenting their friendly invasion of his city during Euro 2012. The fifth largest city in Poland enjoyed a windfall of about €24m thanks to Euro 2012.
"We were delighted with the Irish fans. The atmosphere was great and there was a feeling of something missing when the Irish left," Poznan city spokesman Damean Zalewske said last night.
"All of us have great memories," he said, adding that the mayor is looking forward to reminiscing about the craic in the city's Old Square.
Mr Grobelny will officially launch the aptly named 'Kings of the Craic' exhibition in St Stephen's Green on Thursday. The exhibition will feature 20 billboard-style photographs which capture the highlights of the Green Army's stay in Poznan.
The exhibition will run until the end of the month before moving to Rome, Zagreb and Berlin. The photos, taken by professional photographers on behalf of the city of Poznan, are on display in an area of the park known as 'Lime Walk", between Kildare Street and Grafton Street.
The event is sponsored by the Polish embassy in Ireland and the Office of Public Works.