Despite a disappointing Six Nations campaign, there were still some positives for Ireland.
Here are three highlights from a difficult championship for Declan Kidney's men.
Zebo's brilliant piece of skill against Wales
Ireland started in such swashbuckling style in the opening 43 minutes against Wales,with thoughts quickly turning to a possible first Grand Slam since 2009. Kidney's men led the defending champions by a 30-0 margin, racking up an emphatic lead with some stylish scores. The best moment of the Millennium Stadium encounter - and arguably the championship although France's Wesley Fofana would counter that claim - was Simon Zebo's outrageous football skills. The Munster youngster back-heeled the ball into his hands in the lead up to Cian Healy's first-half try, with the Irish skipper Jamie Heaslip describing the piece of skill as "Match of the Day-type stuff". It was a brilliant piece of individuality that encapsulated an exhilarating opening period. Unfortunately for the Men in Green, their championship went downhill from that opening success.