Around 18,000 fans streamed into Dublin today to welcome Ireland's rugby team home after they clinched their first RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam victory in 61 years.
Supporters from across the country attended a homecoming celebration for the team at the Mansion House.
Out-half Ronan O'Gara dropped the winning goal three minutes from time to seal a 17-15 victory over Wales yesterday and secure Ireland's first Grand Slam win since 1948.
'This has really given everyone in the whole country a boost - we need it,' said Fran O'Neill, 44, who had travelled up from Kildare for the event.
Coach Declan Kidney told fans it had been a great journey for the team in recent weeks. Ireland defeated France and England at home and won away against Scotland and Italy.
'It's a special time to be involved in rugby. I think the boys are enjoying it,' Kidney said.
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll said it had taken a while for the victory to sink in.
'It's a fantastic feeling waking up this morning: you're not as sore as you would be if you'd lost,' he said.