Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny sent his best wishes to the Republic of Ireland football team as they prepared to kick off their campaign against Croatia.
The Taoiseach sent a message to manager Giovanni Trapattoni and his squad ahead of the game in Poznan.
"I wish Giovanni and the lads the best of luck this evening," Kenny said.
"It has been a long, hard road to get this far and the commitment, dedication and skill shown by everyone involved has been excellent.
"The fans are already making a huge and positive impact in Poland, while here at home the sense of excitement and pride is wonderful.
"Everybody is right behind the boys in green and we know they will give it their everything. I wish them every success."