The country’s sporting passion was evident in bars and homes all across Ireland over the weekend as the rugby team began their defence of their Six Nations crown.
No-one showed their patriotism more than two-year-old Lily Chambers from Westmeath who belted out Ireland’s Call before the big game.
The video was posted online by her mum and has won the hearts of many Irish fans.
The singing of each county’s national anthems is a tradition that takes place before every game. However, because the Irish team is made up of players from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, they sing Ireland’s Call, which was written by Phil Coulter. The song has become the Irish team’s rugby anthem. It is often a moving and rousing experience as the players and fans unite in displaying their Irish pride.
Young Lily certainly sang with passion, dressed in her rugby top. Take a look at her performance.
Ireland were up against Wales at the Aviva Stadium and played out a nail-biting 16-16 draw to leave both sides fancying their chances for the title.
Ireland are going for a third Six Nations title in a row, having won the tournament in the previous two years. Ireland have never won the Six Nations three years in a row so the team have a chance to make Irish sporting history over the next few weeks.