Afterwards delighted coach Eric Elwood said, "It's been brilliant and what this squad has achieved is really special. I obviously played for Ireland, in World Cups as well as the championship, but this is probably the best day in terms of my involvement with the sport. To win a Triple Crown and Grand Slam is just brilliant. It's a special, special day.
"There were times - the first 20 minutes - when we caused ourselves problems and we had to overcome some other issues but the boys responded superbly."
Ireland: F Jones (Seapoint); S Monahan (Dublin University), D Cave (Belfast Harlequins), A Wynne (Buccaneers), K Earls (Thomond); I Keatley (UCD), P O'Donohue (UCD); C Healy (Clontarf), R Sweeney (St Mary's College), J Hagan (Greystones); C McInerney (UCD), A Browne (Galwegians); T Anderson (Dungannon), K Sheahan (UCD), D Pollock (capt). Replacements : K Tonetti (Blackrock) for Cave (36-40(+2) mins); R Murphy (Lansdowne) for Hagan (55 mins); N Keogh (UCC) for Browne (67 mins); E Grace (Shannon) for Sheahan, D Drake for O'Donohue (both 70 mins); Tonetti for Monahan (75 mins); G Slattery (Young Munster) for Sweeney (81mins); N O'Connor for Keatley (83 mins). Sinbinned: T Anderson (30 mins); C McInerney (77 mins).
Italy: G Rubini; M Sepe, A Sgarbi, D Duca, G Pavan; E Ceccatoi, F Semenzato; P Sciamanna, D Giazzon, A de Marchi; A Saccardo, L Beccaris; N Duca, F Cristiano, P Derbyshire (capt). Replacements : F Flamini for Derbyshire (29-31 mins); R Paven for Sepe (46 mins); N Gatto for Giazzon (51 mins); T Tebaldi for G Pavan (55 mins); L Giovanchelli for di Marchi (66 mins); E Ceccato for Sciamana (69 mins); F Minto for Saccardo (75 mins).
Referee: D Rosich (France).