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Sharon Lynch with her parents Tom Lynch & Ellen Lynch at Dublin Airport durin

Sharon Lynch with her parents Tom Lynch & Ellen Lynch at Dublin Airport durin

Sharon Lynch with her parents Tom Lynch & Ellen Lynch at Dublin Airport durin

Ireland's women's rugby team arrived home to a heroine's welcome after a historic Rugby World Cup.

After coming fourth in the tournament and beating New Zealand, the Irish side made history by making it to the semi-finals of the competition.

Hundreds of fans turned out to welcome home the girls in green at Dublin airport yesterday.

"We weren't expecting that. Thanks to everyone that came out to the airport, unbelievable," the team's captain Fiona Coghlan said.

The Clontarf woman announced her retirement from international rugby after she led her side to three wins beating the USA, Kazakhstan and New Zealand, in the Women's Rugby World Cup.

Renditions of Ireland's Call and the Fields of Athenry welcomed the emotional team into Terminal One yesterday afternoon.

Tears flowed and hugs were exchanged as the players' family members rushed up to them as they came through the security gates at Dublin airport.

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Talking about the team's success, winger Alison Miller said: "It's great for women's sport that we've gathered this much attention.

"It's fantastic, it's great for the game and it'll increase the profile of women's rugby, and more people will get involved because of it."

Coghlan's retirement is also followed by coach, Philip Doyle's, bowing out from the women's set-up after 11 years at the helm.

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