The Irish President yesterday paid tribute to the Ireland rugby team after what he described as it "magnificent achievement in winning the greatest prize in European rugby, an Caithreime Mhor, the Grand Slam".
Michael D Higgins also said he wanted to "personally salute and congratulate the players", as well as the management and support team, families and others "who helped bring all of you to international rugby and your victory this year in the Six Nations".
Mr Higgins described the win as "a truly monumental achievement, accomplished against some of the finest teams in world rugby".
He added: "To a man, all of you on the Ireland squad played your part in delivering the extraordinary accomplishment of the Grand Slam in this year's championship.
"Your hard work and your perseverance has brought you to the summit of sporting success."