The fight for equality is not finished yet
Even if you are somewhat circumspect about what sometimes passes for patriotism, the result of the referendum made a feeling of national pride inescapable.
This is not a victory for politicians, but for grassroots activism and especially for those in the gay community who have fought discrimination for decades. One hopes that it will herald an era where homophobia - which is still a malign presence in society - eventually becomes unacceptable.
However, Ireland has not been suddenly transformed into a utopian country with equality for all. This is not the final piece in the equality jigsaw, rather another important piece. There are many issues in Ireland where people are suffering from economic and social inequality and exclusion.