The President and the Taoiseach are leading tributes to Irish boxer Ken Egan who has secured a silver medal at the Olympics in Beijing.
The 26-year-old from Dublin has missed out on gold, losing 11-7 in the light heavyweight final at the Workers' Gymnasium.
Mary McAleese says the people of Ireland are uplifted by the outstanding achievement.
Brian Cowen says Ken gave everything in a wonderful bout of top class boxing.
Dozens of family members and friends crammed into the Egan family home in Clondalkin, west Dublin to watch the fight.