Ireland have never been beyond the quarter-final stage at the quadrennial event.
But this feels like it should be the time for Andy Farrell’s side, so brilliant in securing a Six Nations grand slam earlier in 2023 and entering this World Cup very much among the favourites.
South Africa, Scotland and Tonga will provide stern tests in the pool, though - and with either New Zealand or France almost certain to be waiting in the quarter-finals, Farrell’s men will have to produce their best rugby to be in the final four for the first time.
Here is the World Cup schedule for Ireland and their possible route to the final. Get all the latest Rugby World Cup odds here.
Ireland pool fixtures:
Ireland are in Pool B alongside South Africa, Scotland, Tonga and Romania.
Saturday 9 September: Ireland 82-8 Romania (Stade de Bordeaux)
Saturday 23 September: South Africa 8-13 Ireland, Pool B (Stade de France, Paris)
Saturday 7 October: Ireland vs Scotland, Pool B (Paris, 8pm)
Saturday 14 October: Quarter-Final 2 (Winner Pool B vs Runner-Up Pool A) - Paris, 8pm
Sunday 15 October: Quarter-Final 4 (Winner Pool A vs Runner-Up Pool B) - Paris, 8pm
Friday 20 October: Semi-Final 1 (Winner of QF1 vs Winner of QF2) - Paris, 8pm
Saturday 21 October: Semi-Final 2 (Winner of QF4 vs Winner of QF4) - Paris, 8pm
Saturday 28 October: Winner of SF1 vs Winner of SF2, Paris, 8pm