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Fans: Among those celebrating Ireland's victory were John Henry, Jack Dolan and Keith Rafferty. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fans: Among those celebrating Ireland's victory were John Henry, Jack Dolan and Keith Rafferty. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fans: Among those celebrating Ireland's victory were John Henry, Jack Dolan and Keith Rafferty. Photo: Gerry Mooney

THEY had the hangover from hell, but it was worth every moment.

Continuing the celebrations and toasting Ireland's momentous Six Nations victory with yet another pint in the departures lounge, elated and exhausted fans started making their way home from Paris yesterday.

Every Irish pub in the city was packed to the rafters on Saturday night with ecstatic supporters. Even the bar in the team hotel was reportedly drunk dry.

The craic continued as supporters greeted air hostesses on one of four full flights to Dublin.

On board Aer Lingus flight EI2529 were Dublin friends John Hiney, Jack Dolan and Keith Rafferty.

"The celebrations were fantastic," said Keith. "We've hardly seen any French people around – it was like being back in Dublin outside the Aviva around the pubs.

"The singing and the craic were imm-ense, and now everyone's having more pints to keep the fun going."

Trophy

John said: "The lack of sleep is well worth it, knowing we're coming home with a trophy in the bag.

"I haven't had as much whiskey so I'm feeling grand. I still can't believe we're the Six Nations champions."

Brian O'Driscoll and his team-mates celebrated into the early hours of yesterday morning, sharing the epic moment with fans. After attending the official team dinner in the grounds of Stade de France, BOD and the players returned to their hotel to applause at 1am.

Joe Schmidt's squad of winners arrived into the reception of Hotel du Collectionneur carrying their trophy and hoisted O'Driscoll into the air as fans cheered.

"All the drink in the hotel ran out, there were so many fans there waiting to welcome back the team," said Emer Fox from Stillorgan.

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