The inclusion of James McClean was the fairytale of the Giovanni Trapattoni’s selection for the 2012 tournament. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Giovanni Trapattoni announced his squad to travel to Poland for the Euro 2012 finals, among the players left hoping for a miracle or an injury(...)

Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neill  by  Roy Keane after the play-off win over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:Getty Images

He says it’s best not to think too far ahead but Roy Keane admits that he was still up at 6.30am yesterday chatting about what the final list of 23 pl(...)

Aiden McGeady’s late winner against Georgia in Ireland’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier proved to be a crucial goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aiden McGeady v Georgia – Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, September 7th, 2014 The fact that it’s way back as far as Ireland’s very f(...)

Wes Hoolahan has only started an away game but in Gibraltar could prove vital for Ireland in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 1:31

Martin O’Neill has some major decisions to make. Despite the amazing fact that his team only conceded seven goals in 10 group games, our defence was c(...)

Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given goes down injured during the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Shay Given is set to miss both legs of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off with Bosnia and Herzegovina this month as he prepares to undergo kneee surgery. Gi(...)

Bosnia and Herzegovina took four points of Chris Coleman’s Wales side during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Photo: Getty

Martin O’Neill will meet with his Welsh counterpart Chris Coleman over the next week as he looks to benefit from the experience of a man whose team(...)

Martin O’Neill, with Bosnia-Herzegovina head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic, has named a provisional squad for the Euro 2016 play-offs.

Martin O’Neill is without Reading midfielder Stephen Quinn for the European Championship play-off games against Bosnia and Herzegovina but the Repu(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Richard Keogh beats  Poland’s Robert Lewandowski in an aerial duel. “Our group was the hardest so to finish third is no disgrace.” Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA

There’s more a hint of the Stephen Merchants about Richard Keogh. If the comedian’s trademark expression is pleasant surprise, though, the Republic o(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Richard Keogh challenges Poland’s Robert Lewandowski for the ball during the European Championship Qualifying match at the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA Wire

Ah, not to be. The play-offs it is, then, a 2016 summer trip to France remaining a provisional booking until next month’s play-offs are sorted, and as(...)

Poland’s Gregorz Krychowiak scores their first goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was freezing and nail-biting until the very last whistle but there was to be no magical conclusion for Ireland in Warsaw. On an icy night by(...)