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Ireland’s greatest sporting moments, ranked from 10 to one

Following last weekend’s historic victory over the All Blacks, we look back through the international triumphs that had the nation on its feet

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A selection of some of our greatest sporting heroes. Illustration by Shane Mc Intyre

A selection of some of our greatest sporting heroes. Illustration by Shane Mc Intyre

Underdogs: Ireland’s hockey players celebrate at the World Cup in London after beating India in the quarter-final. Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Underdogs: Ireland’s hockey players celebrate at the World Cup in London after beating India in the quarter-final. Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Arkle on route to a third Cheltenham Gold Cup in a row on Paddy's Day in 1966

Arkle on route to a third Cheltenham Gold Cup in a row on Paddy's Day in 1966

World No 1: Bundee Aki celebrates beating the All Blacks last Saturday. Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

World No 1: Bundee Aki celebrates beating the All Blacks last Saturday. Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Stephen Roche is congratulated after winning the 1987 Tour de France

Stephen Roche is congratulated after winning the 1987 Tour de France

Determination: Katie Taylor returns home to Bray after winning boxing gold at the London Olympics. Photo by Pat Murphy / Sportsfile

Determination: Katie Taylor returns home to Bray after winning boxing gold at the London Olympics. Photo by Pat Murphy / Sportsfile

Start of a joyful decade: Ireland supporters celebrate the team homecoming in Dublin after the Boys in Green’s heroics at Italia ’90. Photo By Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Start of a joyful decade: Ireland supporters celebrate the team homecoming in Dublin after the Boys in Green’s heroics at Italia ’90. Photo By Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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A selection of some of our greatest sporting heroes. Illustration by Shane Mc Intyre

Ireland’s historic test series win against New Zealand last weekend has thrilled rugby fans and it was deservedly talked about as one the country’s all-time greatest sporting moments.

But where does it rank in a list of Irish sporting triumphs, and what other great days captured our attention in a profound and lasting way?


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