Shay Given and John Delaney attend funeral of James Nolan in Wicklow

The Irish football community came out in force to honour the late fan who died in Poland where he was supporting the Boys in Green
Ireland's football community, including goalkeeper Shay Given and FAI Chief Executive John Delaney, came out in force to honour the late James Nolan at his funeral in Blessington, Co. Wicklow on Monday.

Nolan, 21, died in Poland after going missing in Bydgoszcz. The student had been following the Boys in Green at Euro 2012 but his holiday ended in tragedy after an accidental drowning claimed his life.

Close to a 1,000 mourners attended the funeral, including Robbie Keane's wife Claudine. Keane had held up a shirt bearing 'RIP James Nolan' when he scored for LA Galaxy over the weekend and offered his condolences to the grieving family.

A wreath was placed on the roof of the hearse from Ireland international Keith Andrews which read: 'RIP James, you will always be in our hearts every time we play for Ireland.'

The late engineering student was warmly remembered by his family with his sister Susie saying her brother was 'one in a million.'

She added: "There is a lot of depression and darkness in everyday life but I think we can reflect and just learn from how James lived his life.

"He simply just lived and loved and that made him so happy. If everybody leaves here and makes that their train of thought - just live and love."

Nolan's love of football was reflected in the service with his Ireland and Manchester United jerseys along with trophies he won playing the game brought to the altar. Hundreds of mourners followed the procession to Burgage Cemetery where the late football fan's remains were laid to rest.

Nolan's disappearance sparked a huge appeal on social media to find him after he went missing from a bar in Bydgoszcz. His body was recovered four days later less than 500m away from the bar where he was last seen. An autopsy revealed he had no physical injuries and his death was caused by drowning.