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