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Fans greet John O'Shea (far right) as Ireland arrive at their Euro 2012 training camp in Poland

Fans greet John O'Shea (far right) as Ireland arrive at their Euro 2012 training camp in Poland

Fans greet John O'Shea (far right) as Ireland arrive at their Euro 2012 training camp in Poland

Thousands of locals turned out to welcome Ireland to Euro 2012 as they arrived at their training base in Poland.

The 15,000-capacity Municipal Stadium in Gdynia was close to full for a public session on Tuesday afternoon.

Giovanni Trapattoni and his players were greeted by cheerleaders and a huge Irish tricolour bearing the message "Welcome to Gdynia".

There were cheers for each player as they were introduced to the crowd individually, with the biggest receptions reserved for the manager and skipper Robbie Keane.

Ireland will train at the Stadium, the home of Arka Gdynia, as they complete their preparations for Sunday's opening Group C fixture against Croatia in Poznan.

Tuesday's session was a relatively light one in the wake of Monday night's 0-0 friendly draw with Hungary in Budapest, although goalkeeper Shay Given played only a minor role.

The 36-year-old, who had suffered with blisters after returning to training last week following a knee injury, played only the first half at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium but made three fine saves during his time on the pitch.

PA