Nolan funeral set for Monday


The funeral of 21-year-old Co Wicklow student James Nolan, who died after he fell into a river in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, will take place on Monday.

Mr Nolan’s family identified his body on Thursday after it was recovered from the river Brda in the northern city of Bydgoszcz on Wednesday, four days after he went missing during a Euro 2012 trip with friends.

His body will repose at his home from 5pm this evening and the removal will take place tomorrow evening at the Church of Our Lady in Blessington. The funeral Mass will take place at 11am on Monday.

A book of condolences has also been opened for him by local soccer club Blessington FC.

Local police described his death yesterday as a “tragic accident” with no sign of foul play.

At a press conference in Poland Mr Nolan’s brother Andrew described how his brother’s “holiday of a lifetime ended in tragedy”.

His uncle, Patrick Nolan, read a family statement expressing thanks to the Bydgoszcz mayor and local emergency services for their swift reaction, as well as to local media for spreading information about the missing man.

An autopsy conducted yesterday in Bydgoszcz revealed no physical injuries and indicated drowning as the cause of death.