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Published 06/11/2016

Ronan O'Gara kicks Ireland to Grand Slam glory in 2009
Ronan O'Gara kicks Ireland to Grand Slam glory in 2009

Ireland ended New Zealand's record 18-match winning run in rugby union Tests with a 40-29 success in Chicago on Saturday night.

Here, Press Association Sport looks back at some more great moments in Irish sport.

SIX NATIONS GRAND SLAM

Ireland have been regular quarter-finalists at the Rugby World Cup but their most memorable recent success came in 2009 with a Six Nations Grand Slam. Led by player of the tournament Brian O'Driscoll and leading points scorer Ronan O'Gara, Declan Kidney's side went into their final game against Wales with the title on the line and won 17-15 thanks to a late O'Gara drop-goal. It was their first Grand Slam since the 1948 Five Nations Championship.

ITALIA 90

World Cup quarter-finals are harder to come by in the round-ball game, but Jack Charlton's Republic of Ireland managed the feat in Italy after group stage draws with England, Egypt and Holland. They then beat Romania 5-4 on penalties in round two before a narrow 1-0 defeat to the hosts in the quarter-final. More was to follow four years later in the United States as Ray Houghton's famous goal earned them victory over the Azzurri, though they lost to Holland in round two.

O'BRIEN STUNS ENGLAND

Ireland may not have qualified from their group at the 2011 Cricket World Cup but they picked up a breathtaking win over England along the way. Required to chase 328 after half-centuries from Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen, they were behind the rate until Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest ever World Cup century, reaching the mark from 50 balls and finishing with 113 off 63. He was dismissed in the penultimate over but John Mooney saw Ireland over the line.

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS

After a 44-year drought, Ireland returned to the gold-medal step of an Olympic podium thanks to boxer Michael Carruth at Barcelona 1992. Swimmer Michelle Smith, later De Bruin, won three golds and a bronze in Atlanta four years later - her career ended with a drug ban in 1998 but her medals were not affected. Boxer Katie Taylor won Ireland's ninth and most recent Olympic gold at London 2012.

McILROY BUILDS MAJOR TOTAL

For a long time, Fred Daly's 1947 Open win was Ireland's only major golf championship. That has changed dramatically since 2007, when Padraig Harrington won the same event. The Dubliner retained his title the following year and added the US PGA Championship before Daly's Northern Irish compatriots took over - Graeme McDowell starting the run at the 2010 US Open, Rory McIlroy following suit the next year for the first of his four major titles to date and Darren Clarke adding the 2011 Open. For good measure, Paul McGinley holed Europe's winning putt at the 2002 Ryder Cup and captained the team to victory in 2014.

THE BLACK-BALL FINAL

Dennis Taylor's snooker World Championship win over Steve Davis in 1985 marked the peak of the sport's television boom in that decade, with over 18 million viewers watching the match which finished well after midnight. Taylor had trailed eight frames to nil, as well as 62-44 in the eventual deciding frame, but cleared to the pink and finally potted the decisive black after Davis' missed cut.

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