Did the Mayor of Poznan pay for a billboard to celebrate the Irish fans? 11 years ago

Did the Mayor of Poznan pay for a billboard to celebrate the Irish fans?

In news sure to cause intense eye-rolling from Roy Keane, the Mayor of Poznan has thanked the Irish fans during Euro 2012 by expressing the city's gratitude with a billboard.

With UEFA set to present a special award in recognition of the Irish fans during Euro 2012, not to mention the stunning sight of the Polish people staging a farewell party in Poznan on the day of our final group game and even singing ‘Stand Up for the Boys in Green’ in a fanzone ahead of the Spain v Portugal semi-final, it seems Trap's Army truly made their mark this summer.


The latest show of gratitude from the Poles, however, is particularly impressive considering that it came from the Poznan Mayor Ryszard Grobelny, who commissioned a billboard - featured above - that pictures the Irish fans alongside the message "Kings of the crac - Poznan thanks you". Granted, they appear to have forgotten an "i" but we won't hold it against them.

Apparently the city's officials want to go one step further and place the billboard on the corner of O'Connell Street and Bachelor's Walk.

“We’d like to truly thank Irish fans for the great atmosphere," said a spokesman for the Poznan City Promotion Office. “We would like to focus on one of the most central and strategic sites in Dublin.”

“You turned our city into a green island," wrote Mayor Grobelny in an open letter to Irish newspapers recently. "A happy land of dance and song.” The Poles, eh? A great bunch of lads.