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Wednesday, 19 June, 2002, 02:56 GMT 03:56 UK
Warm welcome for Ireland
Fans begin arriving early as they await the team

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Around 100,000 fans flood Phoenix Park in Dublin as they prepare to greet their returning heroes
Mick McCarthy is presented to the Irish Prime Minister and President

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Mick McCarthy (right) arrives and is met by Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and President Mary McAleese
A group of excited Ireland fans

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The excitement begins to grow as the supporters hear of the team's imminent appearance
The Ireland team are the main attraction but Westlife are also on the bill

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Balloons are released as the players finally make their entrance
Robbie Keane was Ireland's top scorer in the tournament with three goals

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Robbie Keane (left) and Damien Duff (right), two of Ireland's brightest stars, applaud the crowd
Niall Quinn retires after winning over 90 caps for Ireland

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Niall Quinn surveys the scene one last time as the curtain comes down on his international career

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