The Irish rugby team achieved something that had never been done before today, they won the Grand Slam in Twickenham. Only Ireland's third Grand Slam of all time, none will have ever been sweeter than winning it in London on St. Patrick's Day.
The whole country has been rocking since the final whistle, and tributes have been paid from all quarters, including the president.
"Today's performance and the tremendous team effort throughout the tournament have ensured that this superb Irish team have secured a place in sporting history."
Statement by President Michael D. Higgins on Ireland's #GrandSlam win: https://t.co/Krv63GFWuq
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 17, 2018
It's a sense of the unity and spirit of this team though that the tributes were being lead by those who are part of this team but couldn't be there because of injury. Sean O'Brien missed the entire tournament through injury, while Chris Farrell and Josh Van der Flier both played huge parts in the early stages before their Championships were cut short.
What an achievement for all involved in @IrishRugby super day for the country, well done lads! 💪💪 some effort!
— Sean O'Brien (@SeanOBrien1987) March 17, 2018
Unbelievable by the Stockcube 🙌 @JacobStockdale
— Chris Farrell (@Farrell_C93) March 17, 2018
And something from a player who maybe should have been there...
Niamh Briggs, a Grand Slam winner herself, was also paying tribute to this team.
Unbelievable performance @IrishRugby so many heroes of this campaign!! So clinical & disciplined.....level of detail = sublime #notcryingiswear #TeamOfUs
— Niamh Briggs (@niamhbriggs15) March 17, 2018
As were some former players.
Feels a bit strange because it was so easy. The forwards eat them for dinner!!Twickenham tamed. Great day for a lot of warriors in green.🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪👌🏻👌🏻
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) March 17, 2018
What a special day. So proud to be Irish and see an Irish team play in Twickenham with that level of confidence. Bring on World Cup ‘19 #thatwasnotboring ☘️ 🇮🇪 🏉
— Kevin McLaughlin (@KMcLaughlin6) March 17, 2018
How proud it is to be Irish after that !! Credit to England battling to the end but Ireland winning a grand slam in the year when they have England and France away is outstanding !!
— Frankie Sheahan (@FrankieSheahan) March 17, 2018
Unbelievable by @IrishRugby so many huge performances across the board and what a squad of players. Congrats to all.The future looks very bright #GrandSlam #sixnations2018 #IRLvENG
— Reggie Corrigan (@reggiecorrigan1) March 17, 2018
Another Irish sportsman was also incredibly proud this afternoon.
Unreal performance and achievement for @IrishRugby . Huge congrats to stable mates @peterom6 & @JohnnySexton don’t forget how this started in Paris #GrandSlamSaturday pic.twitter.com/514tYT6Why
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) March 17, 2018
What a day.