Countless autographs and selfies were taken, a number of babies were held and played with and there were smiles aplenty from both the players and fans at today's Ireland open training session at the RDS. Check out our galleries from this morning.
Join us for live text commentary of Ireland's final Rugby World Cup game against England at Twickenham today (kick-off 2.30pm), as the Six Nations rivals clash ahead of the much-anticipated tournament.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks about the team selection for the final warm-up game against England which, he says, is 'a massive challenge' for his side ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup.
The Ireland squad held a final training session at Carton House before departing for London where they will take on Rugby World Cup hosts England on Saturday. Check out our gallery of the latest training pics.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD together with Jonathan Bell MLA, NI Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, attended a meeting of Ireland's Rugby World Cup 2023 Oversight Board on Wednesday.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Government Ministers from both North and South attended a meeting of Ireland's Rugby World Cup 2023 Oversight Board at the Aviva Stadium. Irish Rugby TV spoke to Minister Jonathan Bell MLA, Oversight Board Chairman Dick Spring, Ireland RWC 2023 Bid Ambassador Brian O'Driscoll and Minister Paschal Donohoe TD afterwards.
Carton House was a hive of activity on Tuesday as the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad was officially announced and the selected players trained ahead of next Saturday's final warm-up game against England.
Joe Schmidt said telling players they have missed out on Rugby World Cup selection is the 'brutal reality' of what international coaches have to do. Read on for his thoughts on some of the 'big calls' regarding Ireland's 31-man squad for England 2015.
In an in-depth interview IRFU Performance Director speaks about Ireland's Rugby World Cup review and the key learnings, the structure of the professional game, player contracts and movement and the challenges and opportunities for Irish Rugby.
There are three enforced changes to the Ireland team to play Argentina, with Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy and Chris Henry all coming in up front. Watch as head coach Joe Schmidt announces the side for the quarter-final and flanker Henry talks about his inclusion.
Previewing Ireland's quarter-final clash with Argentina, hooker Rory Best said: "We've trained well and prepared well. It's a massive game. For us, it's going to need another step up from where we were last week against France. I think that's exciting. As a player, you want to be pushed to the end of your ability and there's no doubt Argentina will do that."
'It's a quiet presence that takes up a lot of space' - Joe Schmidt spoke today about the impact of losing Paul O'Connell and his inspirational role in the Ireland squad. The head coach also commented on the incredible contribution of Jared Payne and Peter O'Mahony.
Robbie Henshaw, who starred in the centre against France, talks about Paul O'Connell's influence on him, calling the Limerick man a 'true inspirational leader' and 'a massive loss' to the Ireland squad following his tournament-ending hamstring injury.
Ireland team manager Michael Kearney issues an update on the injuries suffered by Peter O'Mahony, Paul O'Connell and Jonathan Sexton, while full-back Rob Kearney reflects on the 24-9 pool win over France.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt reveals the team to play France and talks about the tightest selection calls, while hooker Rory Best says his Ulster colleague Iain Henderson will be ready to make a big impact off the bench.
Five Irish sporting legends - Sonia O'Sullivan, Tony McCoy, Barry McGuigan, Henry Shefflin and Niall Quinn - visited Ireland camp on Wednesday evening for a memorable get-together with the squad. Ireland team manager Michael Kearney fills us in.
Speaking ahead of Ireland's crunch clash with France, scrum half Eoin Reddan said: "Everyone trained very hard today. Obviously we've a huge game at the weekend. We're all in no doubt about how much it means to people back home, and how much it means to us here."
Ireland prop Mike Ross talks about the preparations for Sunday's showdown with France. He also noted there is very little between the two teams at present, mentioning Ireland's 2014 and 2015 wins but also the fact that France have 'a much better World Cup record than we do.'