That marks a huge turnaround in a year, after the Welsh claimed the ‘wooden spoon’ and finished bottom of the tournament last season.
Wales coach John Kear was particularly pleased with the defensive effort from his team over the course of the tournament.
“Our goal-line defence in this tournament has been absolutely outstanding and that’s what has won us the European Championship,” said Kear.
“We were under the cosh in every game but we showed great resolve, desire and work for each other to quell the tide. Only four tries conceded in three games is pretty outstanding.”
Ireland coach Mark Aston felt that the Welsh deserved their glory, after putting in well-planned and executed performance.
“I thought Wales were very, very good. They wanted it and deserved it,” he said.
“We didn’t come to the party which was a little bit disappointing. In the first two games in the tournament we were alright but tonight we didn’t show up.
“They had a plan and executed it. Well done to Wales.”
Try: Mulkeen (72)
Goal: Finn 0/1
Tries: Grant (7), Reece (20), Parry (33), Lloyd (38), Kear (57)
Goals: Davies 5/6
Man of the match: Phil Joseph
Referee: Ben Thaler (England)