Mayor of Poznan to visit Ireland to thank Irish Euro 2012 fans
The mayor of Poznan is due to visit Ireland this week to express his gratitude to Ireland's Euro 2012 fans who visited the city.
Ryszard Grobelny will personally thank the fans who brought such great "craic" to the city.
Mr Grobelny will also open a photography exhibition of some of the most humorous photographs of Irish fans getting up to mischief in the city.
Over 70,000 Irish people visited Poznan to see Ireland compete in Euro 2012.
Twenty large format images which capture some of the best moments of the "Boys in Green" invasion will be displayed in an outdoor exhibition on St Stephen's Green, Dublin.
"I am very delighted that Euro2012 ended with such a success and great response from all over the world.
"As the lord mayor of Poznan, I am proud that all European fans, especially the ones from Ireland, felt so good and safe in Poznan, and 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," he said.
The mayor will also hold an open meeting with Irish fans who travelled to the city so they can give him their feedback and comments on the city.
During his visit Mr Grobenly will meet the ambassador of Poland to Ireland, Irish President Michael D Higgins and Mayor of Dublin Panem Naoise Ó Muiri.
The Polish city hopes to build on the success of Euro 2012 and is aiming to attract visitors back to the city in the future. The city of Poznan has also commissioned a "thank you" poster campaign which will be rolled out in Dublin and in Zagreb.
Kings of the Craic!: An Exhibition of photographs documenting the Green Army's invasion of Poznan in June 2012 opens on the 19 July 2012 in St Stephen's Green, Dublin. It will remain open until the end of July.