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Hundreds attend funeral of James Nolan in Blessington

The 21-year-old was buried in his hometown this morning.

The removal took place in Blessington last night
The removal took place in Blessington last night
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE have attended the funeral of 21-year-old student James Nolan which took place in Blessington in Wicklow this morning.

The student from Blessington died after falling into a river in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz while attending the European Championships.

The body of the 21-year-old was removed from his family home on Sunday evening and brought to the Church of Our Lady on Main Street in Blessington. He was buried this morning in Burgage cemetery in Blessington.

RTE.ie reports that Irish goalkeeper Shay Given and chief executive of the FAI John Delaney were among the mourners.

Hundreds of people from Bydoszcz lined the banks of the river Brda on Thursday to express sympathy with James Nolan’s family and friends.

Ireland captain Robbie Keane paid tribute to the 21-year-old by holding up an LA Galaxy shirt with the words ‘RIP James Nolan’ on the back, after he scored a goal for the team on Saturday.

James’s father Jimmy (second left) carries his son’s coffin during the removal last night. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire)

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Hundreds of mourners walk through Blessington as the body of James Nolan is removed from his home on Sunday evening. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire)

The family of James Nolan outside the church in Blessington this morning. (Photo: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

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