Poznan invasion put in the frame
Irish soccer fans are being encouraged to visit a photographic exhibition in Dublin of the Boys in Green’s invasion of Poznan during the Euro 2012 soccer tournament to see if they feature.
Seas of green-clad soccer fans wielding Tricolour inflatable bananas under captions such as "Where the streets have no name (that we can pronounce)" are just some of the images on display in St Stephen’s Green.
The outdoor exhibition, unveiled today to the sounds of You’ll Never Beat the Irish”, stretches along the north side of St Stephen’s Green and shows 20 of the best and most humourous photos of the Irish in Poland this summer.
The mayor of Poznan, Ryszard Grobelny, opened the exhibition at the park’s Summer House with Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí and the Polish ambassador in Ireland, Marcin Nawrot, also in attendance.
Mr Grobelny said it was a “great pleasure to be here in the place where many terrific fans come from” and commented on the “great ambience and atmosphere Irish fans created in Poland”.
He is visiting Dublin to thank the Irish fans for making such a good impression and to strengthen ties between Poznan and the people of Ireland.
“All the contacts made, not just official ones, between Polish people, citizens of Poznan and Irish fans” will make it “much easier to understand both nationalities and much easier to do great business,” he said.
Brian Hayes, Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, said the exhibition will allow fans to “reminisce and celebrate the great memories from Poznan”.
“Maybe not the football memories, but the friendships and the craic.”
The exhibition runs until July 31st.