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 Brian O'Driscoll. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brian O'Driscoll. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brian O'Driscoll. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

THEY have been welcomed home like the European heroes they are – and the celebrations for Ireland's Six Nations-winning rugby team are set to continue.

Joe Schmidt's victorious side is to be honoured at a special reception in Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park tomorrow.

In acknowledgement of the team's recent success, Sports Minister Leo Varadkar and junior minister Michael Ring will host a lavish state function that will see Brian O'Driscoll and the boys get suited and booted for the occasion.

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The players got to toast their win when they stepped back on Irish soil over a week ago.

And following deafening applause from hundreds of supporters as they arrived at Dublin airport, the team headed to a party in the Four Seasons Hotel.

But official proceedings to recognise their Six Nations triumph have yet to take place.

There was difficulty fixing a date for the reception as most of the players have returned to action with their clubs.

Meanwhile, tonight BOD and team-mates Rob and Dave Kearney will gather at pal Jamie Heaslip's city centre restaurant Bear to help raise money for the ISPCC's anti-bullying shield campaign.

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