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In pictures: Ireland return to Dublin after World Cup quarter-final exit

Warm welcome: Outgoing Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt signs Jennifer Malone’s shirt as the squad returned from the World Cup
Warm welcome: Outgoing Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt signs Jennifer Malone’s shirt as the squad returned from the World Cup
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Ireland's World Cup came to a premature end on Saturday with their quarter-final loss to the All Blacks, and already their players are back home.

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There was optimism that the team could go where no Ireland team had gone before and reached the promised land of the last-four, but it was not to be.

It means the tenures of Joe Schmidt as head coach and Rory Best as captain come to a disappointing end as the former has left his post and the latter has retired following the tournament.

But their exit from the tournament has done nothing to dissuade scores of fans coming out to see their heroes return from Japan, with throngs of people in Dublin Airport to welcome them home.

Click the image below for the best pictures of the Ireland team making their arrival back into Dublin last night!

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt receives a hug from Mary Carroll from Ballsbridge as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt receives a hug from Mary Carroll from Ballsbridge as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland's Sean Cronin is welcomed back into Dublin airport by his twin boys Cillian and Finn (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland's Sean Cronin is welcomed back into Dublin airport by his twin boys Cillian and Finn (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with Jennifer Malone as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin Airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland Johnny Sexton as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin Airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland's Josh van der Flier as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin Airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland's Bundee Aki as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin Airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland's Johnny Sexton as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin Airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks to the media as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin Airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ireland's Peter O'Mahony with Jennifer Malone as the Irish rugby team arrive back into Dublin Airport (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

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