The thoughtful Mayor of the Polish city of Bydgoszcz has asked for a minute’s silence before the start of one of the Euro 2012 quarter finals in memory of tragedy that had befallen Irish fan James Nolan whose body was discovered yesterday.
Rafal Bruski told independent.ie today that he intends to write to UEFA chief Michael Platini with the request.
“In view of the tragic event that has taken place in Bydgoszcz, on behalf of all inhabitants of my city, I would like to express sorrow and solidarity with the family of James Nolan, the Irish people and the fans of Euro 2012,” he said.
“We are in constant contact with the Embassy of Ireland, providing logistical, psychological, organizational and linguistic support to the Irish side.
“Once the tragic news, that is so hard to accept for all of us, is officially confirmed, I will immediately turn to the President of the Union of European Football Associations, Michel Platini with a request to commemorate the death of James Nolan with a minute of silence before one of the quarter-final games.
“We also intend to commemorate this tragic event within the streets of our city.
“Let us pay tribute to the Irish – the best supporters of the tournament, and let it be a day of solidarity with those who are the most affected by this untimely death. I address this appeal not only to the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz, but to all Poles,” he said.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said it was with great sadness he received confirmation from the Ambassador in Poland the remains were of the young Irish football supporter.
He was travelling with friends between the Irish matches in Gdansk and Poznan when he vanished.
“I wish to offer my sincerest condolences to James’ parents, family and friends at this very difficult time,” said Mr Gilmore.
Three members of the 21-year-old’s family flew out to Poland this evening to formally identify the remains.
The Irish Ambassador to Poland, Eugene Hutchinson, and a senior Garda also travelled to the city to work with local civil and police officials.