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In pictures: Paul O'Connell waves goodbye after last home Test

Thanks Paulie.

TO PARAPHRASE ANOTHER nation’s anthem, when will we see his likes again?

Paul O’Connell bade farewell to the Aviva Stadium today after playing his final Test match on home soil. He wasn’t able to turn the tide of a supercharged Welsh outfit, but he took Ireland very close.

This is an end, but not the end.

Rallying the troops

Paul O'Connell Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Clawing a loose line-out back on to Ireland’s side

Paul O'Connell wins a line-out Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Taking contact

Paul O'Connell

And gainlines

Paul O'Connell with Bradley Davies Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Digging deep

Paul O'Connell Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

But coming up just short

Paul O'Connell and Taulupe Faletau after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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Paul O'Connell Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Paddy knows the most important days are still ahead though

Paul O'Connell with his son Paddy after the game Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Paul O'Connell with his son Paddy after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Nothing but respect from his peers

Welsh players applaud off Paul O'Connell with his son Paddy after the game Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

One for the cameras

Paul O'Connell with his son Paddy after the game

A kiss for Emily

Paul O'Connell with his son Paddy and wife Emily after the game

And then, the legend was gone

Paul O'Connell with his son Paddy after the game Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Thanks Paulie, for everything.

Paul O'Connell with his son Paddy after the game Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

O’Connell’s greatest days were the ones his son shared the taste of victory

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