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Thursday 24 July 2014

A rapturous welcome home for our Irish rugby heroes

Cormac Murphy

Published 16/03/2014|17:01

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16 March 2014;  Rob Kearney with Ireland fans Ben Purcell, 19, and Charlie O'Reilly, form Dublin.  Ireland rugby team return to Dublin Airport after winning Six Nations 2014. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rob Kearney with Ireland fans Ben Purcell, 19, and Charlie O'Reilly, form Dublin Picture: Caroline Quinn
16 March 2014;  Paul OConnell, poses for photo with fans. Ireland rugby team return to Dublin Airport after winning Six Nations 2014. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Paul O Connell poses for photo with fans
16 March 2014;  Amy Huberman poses with fans.  Ireland rugby team return to Dublin Airport after winning Six Nations 2014. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Amy Huberman poses with fans. Ireland rugby team return to Dublin Airport after winning Six Nations 2014. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The Irish rugby team were given a hero's welcome today as more than 1,000 fans turned out to greet them.

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The roar was deafening when captain Paul O'Connell finally appeared at the terminal 2 arrivals gate at Dublin Airport carrying the Six Nations trophy.

The flight had been delayed following yesterday's 22-20 triumph over France in Paris but it was worth the wait for everyone who had made the journey.

O'Connell, retiring legend Brian O'Driscoll and the rest of the squad were immediately swamped by their adoring public.

"It's great to be back with the trophy. There was about five or 10 minutes there towards the end of the game where I didn't think we'd be coming back with it," O'Connell said.

"I didn't think we'd have waited as long after 2009 (when Ireland won the Grand Slam). I thought we would have kicked on. It's a great feeling and an incredible reception here from the supporters today as well," he added.

Ireland fans await the arrival of the team.
Ireland fans await the arrival of the team.
Ireland Captain Paul O'Connell lifts the Heineken cup with Ireland fans Charlie O'Reilly, 18, and Ben Purcell, 19, from Dublin.
Ireland Captain Paul O'Connell lifts the Six Nations trophy with Ireland fans Charlie O'Reilly, 18, and Ben Purcell, 19, from Dublin.
16 March 2014;   Brian O'Driscoll greets fans.  Ireland rugby team return to Dublin Airport after winning Six Nations 2014. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
16 March 2014; Brian O'Driscoll greets fans. Ireland rugby team return to Dublin Airport after winning Six Nations 2014. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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