Ireland finished 4th at the tournament, their highest ever placing, and captured even more hearts with their heroic win over the previously all conquering New Zealand.
Retiring captain Fiona Coghlan spoke of the team's disappointment with how the tournament ended but she was was overwhelmed by the cheers, tweeting
We weren't expecting that. Thanks to everyone that came out to the airport, unbelievable ????- Fiona Coghlan (@CoghlanFiona) August 18, 2014
Dynamic centre Jenny Murphy said
Unbelievable crowd at Dublin airport welcoming us back. Irish supporters, best in the world. Thanks to all the came out ?- Jenny Murphy (@jennymurphy045) August 18, 2014
There were plenty of smiles as the team were embraced by family and supporters