As part of his summer media duties; former Republic of Ireland team manager Brian Kerr has been in Poznan this week to investigate what Irish players and fans can expect to find in the city.
Ireland will play two of their Euro 2012 group matches in Poznan and Kerr had something of a re-union with old friend and former St. Pat’s chairman Tim O’Flaharty. Mr. O’Flaherty is involved in a hotel venture in the city. It is a 200 room venue which Mr O’Faherty hopes will become a hub for Irish fans during the tournament.
Speaking about the city, Kerr, who managed the Republic of Ireland senior side for two years stated: “I came here to see for myself how things are developing. I wanted to educate myself about where the fans and players will be. They are in for something of a treat. Poznan is architecturally beautiful.”
“I was surprised by the general lack of Euro 2012 paraphernalia, but the centre is full of beautiful cobblestone streets and there’s a market square surrounded by lovely little cafes, restaurants and bars”.
The man who left the Ireland job to manage the Faroe Islands national team finished by stating: “Prices at the moment are very affordable in Poznan – a third of the price of goods in Ireland. So hopefully it will stay that way so fans have a relatively cheap time here.”