Double secured by Girls in Green
Ireland women's rugby side match the men with stunning win to claim Six Nations title
The Girls in Green have shown the men how it's done in style, after they also won the Six Nations championship by annihilating their Scottish opponents in a thrilling finale.
While the nation's supporters were still basking in the men's glorious championship victory and the spring sunshine yesterday afternoon, the women's team put on an impressive display in their 73-3 defeat of the Scottish side in Broadwood Stadium.
It seems that two was Ireland's magic number at the weekend, as this crushing victory was the women's second championship title in three years - and coming just hours after their male counterparts clinched a back-to-back Six Nations Championship.
And, it was fitting that Irish captain Niamh Briggs touched down the opening score in the blitz of tries as the Waterford woman was celebrating her 50th cap with the international squad since making her debut in 2008.
Just over 40 miles away from where the men's team lifted the cup in Edinburgh less than 24 hours before, the women's side gave a masterclass in the game as they scored 11 tries in total with 30-year-old Briggs and her golden boot accounting for 23 of the visitors' points.
But it was Laois woman Alison Miller who stole the show as she was responsible for a hat-trick of tries in the game which required the Irish women to beat Scotland by 27 points to ensure the championship was won.
After they stormed the field and the celebrations began, it was the words of proud head coach Tom Tierney who summed it all up when he said: "I take my hat off to them.
"I am absolutely delighted for the girls, they put everything into the last three months.
"We are very pleased we kept the Scots to three points... they are going to have a good night tonight."
The team were given a heroines' welcome at Dublin Airport as they arrived home last night.
President Michael D Higgins led the good wishes, describing their victory as a "marvellous and inspirational achievement".
"The Irish women's rugby team has further ensured that this weekend will remain long in our memories; as our women and men rugby players have made us all feel so proud," he said.
"This team has performed consistently at the highest level in recent years and fully deserve their success. All Irish people will be proud of them."
Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulated the women's team on their "outstanding achievement in winning a third Six Nations in five years" and described them as "fantastic ambassadors".
He added: "I am delighted for Niamh and all the team who are part of the set-up.
"They went in to the Scotland game knowing their points target and surpassed that target with aplomb.
"Irish rugby is going through a golden age and Irish women's rugby is contributing massively to that success."
Sports Minister Michael Ring said the massive 70-point difference in the result illustrated the team's "skill and agility".
"Irish rugby is stronger now than ever before and I am thrilled that the growth of women's rugby, in particular, is yielding such success," he added.
Tánaiste Joan Burton described the win as a "remarkable performance", while Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin hailed the squad as "absolute legends".
Fiona Coghlan, the former Irish women's rugby captain who led the side to their historic Grand Slam in 2013, was looking on from the sidelines yesterday after retiring last year.
The 34-year-old said the team were "relentless" and "exceptionally clinical" on the pitch, and had demonstrated a "complete performance".
Amy Huberman, wife of Brian O'Driscoll, took to social media to extend her congratulations to the squad and described the double win for the men and women as "fantastic".
And, in the midst of their homecoming celebrations at Dublin Airport, the men's side did not forget about their female counterparts with Jordi Murphy taking to social media to express his excitement at their victory, writing: "Yes the women!!!!"