Green Army invasion of Poznan captured on film

So what did your relative really get up to this summer at the recent Euro 2012 soccer championship in Poland?

A possible insight into the non-sporting activity of the Irish soccer fan can be found in Dublin city centre for the next few weeks.

The authorities of the Polish city of Poznan, which acted as the base for most Irish soccer supporters during the recent tournament, have paid tribute to the role played by Irish fans in creating a carnival atmosphere in Poznan by hosting a photographic exhibition in Dublin.

Memories of the invasion of Poznan by the Green Army have been captured in an exhibition featuring 20 large photographs of Irish fans in the city.

The exhibition entitled The Kings of Craic depicts Irish fans enjoying themselves in the manner which by popular acclaim endeared them to the native population.

The exhibition, which was opened yesterday by the lord mayor of Poznan, Ryszard Grobelny, will be on display in St Stephen’s Green until Jul 31.

Mr Grobelny said Poznan’s hosting of some of the games in the Euro 2012 finals was one of the most significant events in the city’s rich history.

He claimed more than 125,000 fans, of which 70,000 were Irish, had visited Poznan during the tournament.

“I am proud that all European fans, especially the ones from Ireland, felt so good and safe in Poznan. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of them by bringing those beautiful images of themselves supporting their national colours in Poznan,” said Mr Grobelny.

During his visit to Ireland, the Poznan lord mayor has also met with President Michael D Higgins and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Múirí, as well as Irish soccer fans in the famous O’Donoghue’s pub on Merrion Row.

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