Snow and ice mean an official welcome is cancelled as the Ireland rugby squad return home after achieving the Grand Slam.

Cheers and applause at The Shelbourne Hotel provide a warm welcome home for the Ireland rugby squad who are greeted by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross.

Snow and ice had not only delayed the team's return from London to Dublin, but when the arctic conditions moved westwards over Ireland, freezing temperatures meant that the planned homecoming in the Aviva stadium could not take place.

Ireland captain Rory Best says the players are very appreciative of all the support they have received, both at the match and at home,

We know how special this is for everyone in Ireland. We feel every bit of that.

This is Rob Kearney’s fourth Six Nations title, and his second Grand Slam. He describes how the squad is feeling.

The hopes that this team has for now and the future over the next few years is really exciting.

Rory Best who shares those titles along with the coaching and management team members Mervyn Murphy and Ruth Wood-Martin describes this remarkable achievement as

An incredible feat.

The celebrations will continue this evening before the players return to their provinces as Grand Slam winners.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 March 2018. The reporter is Dave Kelly.