Peter O'Mahony was man-of-the-match but how did the other players who graced the Aviva Stadium fare today.
ROB KEARNEY: Got the better of counterpart Leigh Halfpenny in the crucial aerial battle. 8/10
ANDREW TRIMBLE: Another rock-solid showing from the dependable Ulsterman. 7.
BRIAN O'DRISCOLL: Not a vintage performance from the ex-skipper but more than enough. 7.
GORDON D'ARCY: Shut Jamie Roberts down entirely in midfield. 8.
DAVE KEARNEY: Kept Alex Cuthbert quiet, no mean feat. 7.
JOHNNY SEXTON: Not a foot out of place. 8.
CONOR MURRAY: Proved beyond doubt his superiority over Wales opposite number Mike Phillips. 9.
CIAN HEALY: Bullied Adam Jones at the scrum. 8.
RORY BEST: His most accurate performance at hooker in some time. 8.
MIKE ROSS: Heaped scrum misery on Gethin Jenkins. 8.
DEVIN TONER: A tower of line-out strength. 8.
PAUL O'CONNELL: Ran himself to a standstill, perfect in the tight. 8.
PETER O'MAHONY: Runaway man of the match for breakdown excellence. 9.
CHRIS HENRY: Ireland did not miss Sean O'Brien thanks to the Ulster scrapper. 8.
JAMIE HEASLIP: Tied Ireland's back-row dominance together. 8.
LEIGH HALFPENNY: Kicked Wales' solitary points, and was arguably their best player. 7.
ALEX CUTHBERT: A passenger for much of the game. 5.
SCOTT WILLIAMS: His afternoon lasted just 17 minutes before he suffered a shoulder injury tackling O'Driscoll. 5.
JAMIE ROBERTS: Ran strongly at times, but there was no way through Ireland's defence. 6.
GEORGE NORTH: Switched to centre after Williams went off, but had few attacking chances. 6.
RHYS PRIESTLAND: Tried his hardest to get Wales moving, but he had no platform to play off. 6.
MIKE PHILLIPS: Could make little headway behind an outmuscled Wales pack. 6.
GETHIN JENKINS: Suffered an early knock, but kept plugging away on an afternoon to forget for Wales. 6.
RICHARD HIBBARD: Combative and aggressive, as usual. 6.
ADAM JONES: Had his hands full with Irish loosehead Cian Healy. 6.
ANDREW COOMBS: Part of a Wales lineout that horribly misfired. 5.
ALUN-WYN JONES: Could not get the Wales set-piece going. 5.
DAN LYDIATE: Tackled hard and strong, but on the back foot throughout. 6.
SAM WARBURTON: The Wales captain was outplayed at the breakdown by a Peter O'Mahony-inspired Irish back-row. 5.
TAULUPE FALETAU: Rarely seen in the heat of battle. 5.