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Dublin: 1 °C Monday 19 March, 2018

James McClean embracing his family after Ireland's win produced this brilliant photo

*wipes away tear with jersey*

James McClean celebrates scoring his sides opening goal Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

WHAT A NIGHT that was.

Ireland went to Cardiff and beat Wales, keeping our chances of World Cup qualification alive on a memorable sporting night.

James McClean got the all important goal in a gritty 1-0 win, and late last night his wife Erin shared the moment he met his family after the final whistle blew:

It’s like a Renaissance painting – with the woman cry-laughing in the background summing up the sheer emotion of the occasion.

RTÉ were there to capture the moment

It drew instant comparisons to *that* Robbie Brady photo against Italy last summer

The lesson? Irish goalscorers should immediately seek out their family in the crowd so the nation can rally around a touching moment.

Erin’s tweet, unsurprisingly, has gone viral given the mood across Ireland last night

loveit Source: @manlikenachoo

wa Source: @muireannf

The scenes in the dressing were similarly jubilant

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And the fans were giving it socks in the stands

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Bring on the playoffs

Not a bad evening, all things considered <3

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