Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Ireland rugby fans celebrate a historic success

Ireland's glorious Grand Slam: in pictures

Cardiff was awash with green on Saturday night after Ireland's 17-15 win secured their first Grand Slam for 61 years in a dramatic last minute shoot-out with Wales.

Hours after Ireland's heroics, the streets in central Cardiff were clogged with Irish fans celebrating their team's historic success. A crowd of 74,645 thronged the imposing Millennium Stadium to see one of the Six Nations Championship's most exciting finishes as Irish out-half Ronan O'Gara dropped a goal with three minutes left on the clock to give his side a two point lead after the home support had seen Wales take a single point lead minutes before.

But even more drama followed, as with the final kick of the game Stephen Jones had the chance to steal it for Wales but his kick just fell under the crossbar and the huge Irish support in the impressive stadium erupted as Ireland secured a clean sweep of titles; their first Slam since 1948, a first Championship title since 1985 and a fourth Triple Crown success from the last five years.

Ulster and Irish rugby legend Jack Kyle (83), who played on that first Irish side to win the Slam at Ravenhill in Belfast, was there to witness the moment Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll received the Six Nations trophy and Triple Crown to an emotional reception from Irish fans.

Second half tries from |O'Driscoll and Ulster exile Tommy Bowe set Ireland on their way after trailing 6-0 at the break, but they needed O'Gara's 77th minute drop goal to take the game.

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