In last  Friday night’s friendly international against Switzerland, Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph’s brief was clear: pump the ball up to Kevin Doyle, then Daryl Murphy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

An old yet familiar concern festers in the mind. I went back through the Republic of Ireland’s qualification campaign and remain unconvinced we have (...)

Eunan O’Kane of the Republic of Ireland misses a late chance during the international Euro 2016 warm-up match against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

They say good things come to those who wait. For Eunan O’Kane that wait was a frustrating one made up of sitting on the bench watching others get thei(...)

 Ciaran Clark  celebrates his early goal for the Republic of Ireland in the friendly international against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland 1 Switzerland 0 After all the talk about the possibility of Euro2016 games having to be played behind closed doors, perhaps it mi(...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

Jonathan Walters with his Three International Player of the Year Award. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters has been named as Ireland’s Senior International Player of the Year at the FAI’s annual Three sponsored awards with the 32 year-old strike(...)

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill appears to have drawn a line under the exclusion of Damien Delaney from his international squad, killing off any chance of a return by (...)

Martin O’Neill: “You can’t win these ties in the first leg but you can certainly lose them.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having been fortunate on each of the previous occasions that the team has qualified for a tournament via the playoffs, the Republic of Ireland, it see(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at Thursday night’s  training at  Stadion Bilino Polje in Zenica  ahead of the Euro 2016 first leg against  Bosnia & Herzegovina on Friday. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is determined to join namesake Michael at the Euro 2016 finals as he plots a way past Bosnia-Herzegovina. The (...)

David Meyler (right) has been ruled out of the play-off games against Bosnia after picking up a knee injury in training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland midfielder David Meyler has been ruled out of both European Championship play-off games against Bosnia and Herzegovina and will al(...)

Richard Keogh, left,  and Marc Wilson, right, with team-mates during the Republic of Ireland training session at Abbotstown.   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill finally gave up any hope of Shane Long making the trip to Zenica last night when it was decided to leave the striker to continue his(...)