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D4 in Featherston St owner Dermot Murphy celebrates with punters following Ireland's victory over the All Blacks.
Irish eyes smiled in bars and lounges across the country Sunday morning after Ireland secured a 16-9 win against the All Blacks on Sunday morning.
The win was the first on Irish soil after a debut victory over New Zealand in Chicago in 2016.
In Wellington, owner of the Irish bar D4 Dermot Murphy was celebrating with the bettors after the final whistle.
Murphy said it was the second best day at his bar so far, outdone only when he got married there.
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"It was huge today. It seemed to me that, before the game, it seemed like something big was happening.
"There seemed to be a crash in the jungle."
The All Blacks were brilliant, but the Irish team and coach Joe Schmidt "were so great," he said.
"We were ready for that and we are practically the best team in the world."
The bar was close to capacity with 177 people set aside for the game at the bar, half kiwis and half Irish, Murphy said.
The Irish people at the bar were "full of hope," while the Kiwis expected a All Blacks win, he said.
"What the Irish did was incredible."
The D4 at Featherston St was named after a postal code in Dublin – the same postal code as Aviva Stadium, where All Blacks were hosted by the Irish.
The Irish team as it was now labeled "No.1 team in the world" by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
They were also called "inspired", with the victory of a "golden age" for the boys in green.