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(...)

The Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, which replaces one of the 1998 World Cup’s most distinctive venues, opened in May. It has been used regularly this season for Ligue One club games and other events. It holds 42,115 people and cost €183 million to construct.

First the good news: veterans of Ireland’s ill-fated 2012 campaign can sleep easy; Croatia, like Italy, will be second seeds for the finals of Euro(...)

Will Ireland get a favourable draw for the Euro 2016 finals? Photo: Getty Images

Paris, December 12th: the group stage draw for Euro 2016 will take place. And Ireland will be there. Who would have thought it back in June? Or back i(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates after the match. Photo: Lee Smith / Reuters

If the French public are nursing fears that Friday night’s atrocity in Paris might keep visitors away from their country, the celebratory roar emanati(...)

 Stephen Ward, Darron Gibson and Seamus Coleman at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at the FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Séamus Coleman is determined to play in a major tournament for Ireland and feels that his career would be incomplete if he did not get the chance to (...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane applauds the fans after losing the European Championship Qualifying match at the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-offs. Martin O’Neill’s men missed the chance of automatic qualificat(...)

Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland are on course to be seeded in the Euro 2016 play-offs as things stand if they retain third place in Group D. But they would be(...)

One of the positives of the Martin O’Neill era has been his willingness to move with the times and use different tactical and organisational shapes for our team

Scotland’s failure to get even a point in Tbilisi on Friday was a welcome shock. The scenario now is that, remarkably, Ireland can take the play-off p(...)

Former Irish international Keith Fahey has been forced to retire at 32-years-of-age. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey has been forced to retire from football due to persistent hip and injury problems that have sidel(...)

Austria’s David Alaba caused the Republic of Ireland all sorts of problems during the the World Cup 2014 qualification match at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Christian Hofer/Getty Images.

WALES World Ranking: 10. Ireland’s record against them: P13 W5 D3 L5 F16 A13 The Welsh certainly lack the pedigree of most other top seeds with just o(...)