Rugby: Ireland’s win over All Blacks was ‘a huge boost to the nation’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has hailed Ireland’s historic victory over the All-Blacks as “extraordinary, sensational and breathless”.

That success will go down in history – a first Test series win and New Zealand’s first series defeat on home soil since 1994.

“A huge boost to the whole nation this morning,” he said.

President Michael D. Higgins also extended his congratulations. “As President of Ireland, may I congratulate the Irish rugby team, led by their captain Johnny Sexton, on their outstanding and historic performance today,” he said.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar also sent his congratulations, saying: “Historical moment for Ireland in Aotearoa. Comhairdeas @IrishRugby”

Social media was full of praise for the heroic Irish team after their epic performance.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said: “Yes, that just happened! Ireland won the series in New Zealand. Historical! One of the greatest achievements of all time in Irish sport! What a moment. Congratulations @IrishRugby – you made us all so proud!”

Secretary of State Simon Coveney described the victory as a “great achievement”.

Broadcaster Matt Cooper said it was: “Possibly the best first half in Irish rugby ever – even better than Twickenham 2018.” He also described it as “a brilliant day for Irish rugby”. Rugby: Ireland’s win over All Blacks was ‘a huge boost to the nation’

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