Tuesday 16 January 2018

James Nolan drowned 500m from bar he was singing in

James Noaln, centre, pictured with friends on the first day of their trip to Poland
James Nolan
Andrew Nolan, heartbroken brother of James, was accompanied by his partner Sophie Dennison and brother-in-law Gareth Dudley when he brought flowers to the spot where James's body was found in the river in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Family members of James Nolan (from left), Gareth Dudley (brother in law), Pat Nolan (uncle), Brother Andrew Nolan and his Partner Sophie pictured at a press briefing yesterday in Bydgoszcz
James Nolan
A coffin containing James Nolan's body is loaded into a coroner's van
A picture in the home of James Nolan with some of his sports trophies

Independent.ie reporters

IRISH football fan James Nolan drowned in a tragic accident with no foul play suspected, an autopsy on his body has revealed.

The Blessington, Co Wicklow student’s body was pulled from the River Brda in Bydgoszcz on Wednesday after he went missing in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

It is thought that the 21-year-old fell into the water just 500m from the bar where he had been drinking, singing and having fun with his friends.

Polish prosecutor Wlodzimierz Marszalkowski said that there were no external or internal injuries that could suggest foul play.

Mr Marszalkowski added: "There is no other hypothesis than an accident, there are no doubts, no circumstances to suggest otherwise."

He said that Polish prosecutors will nevertheless continue to check security camera footage in an effort to clarify the circumstances of the drowning.

Hundreds of residents of Bydgoszcz have been stopping at the river to pay their respects to the young Irish fan and to leave flowers at the spot where his body was found.

An Irish flag hung at half mast in the city again today and many bars and restaurants decorated their windows with flowers, flags and pictures of James Nolan.

James, known as Jammer to his friends, travelled to Poland on June 7 with his friends Adam Cullen, Aaron Eustace, Stephen and Aidan Willoughby, Niall Eustace and Eoin Burke.

Aaron Eustace, who stayed on Bydgoszcz with Adam Cullen, while the other lads returned their campervan, said: “ He was just the happiest man, witty, always the centre of attention. He was loving it over here, making up loads of songs.

“Everyone loved Jammer. We will be OK because we have each other,” he told the Irish Sun.

The group were socialising in the town centre when it appears James left the bar and accidentally fell into the water.

Barmaid at the Amsterdam pub Daria Wojtysiak told local newspaper Gazeta Bydgoszcz she remembered the group. “There were a lot of people in the bar that night, but there was something about this lot that stuck out.

“I remember the one who they found in the water. He was so nice and friendly. It’s such a terrible shame.”

The group also went to the fan zone in the centre of the old market square where barmaid Agnieszka Lugiewicz at the Starowka Bydgoska pub, said: “They were having loads of fun. It was a great party atmosphere and they were very chatty and laughing and singing a lot.”

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