Irish finish with heads held high
Ireland left their best until last in the Women's Home International Championship in Cork as they produced a champagne display on the final afternoon to stave off the wooden spoon.
They were odds-on to finish last after losing all three foursomes to Scotland, but they won five of the six singles to record a 5-4 success.
Mary Dowling led all the way as she beat Kelsey MacDonald 4&3, while youngster Chloe Ryan was also dominant as she posted a 4&2 victory over Laura Murray. Jessica Carty beat Rachael Watton 3&2 and there were out-in-the-country victories for Deirdre Smith and Maria Dunne.
The only Irish loser was Lucy Simpson, who battled bravely before going down 2&1 to Lauren Whyte.
"What a great afternoon and following the two defeats the girls really deserved this," a delighted captain Claire Coughlan-Ryan said.