Ireland have missed out to the defending champions in the Women’s World Cup final in London.
The Netherlands were crowned Hockey World Cup winners for an eighth time after a 6-0 win in Sunday's game.
Despite their defeat, Ireland are expected to climb to 10th in the world ranking for the first time.
The Ireland underdogs stunned the opposition during the tournament after going in as the second lowest-ranked team, going on to top a group containing hosts England and India.
President Michael D Higgins said the team have broken new ground.
"I wish to offer my warmest congratulations to the Irish women's hockey team on their historic achievement of winning the silver medal at the World Cup.
"To reach the final was a fantastic accomplishment and to do so with such skill, dedication and team spirit is truly inspirational.
"This team has broken new ground for Irish hockey and Irish sport and their momentous achievement will encourage young women and men all around the island of Ireland to take up sport.
The Northern Ireland Office congratulated the women on their silver medals on social media.