Martin O’Neill had a feel for the occasion by fielding an attacking line-up, just like Ireland always should do at home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

The resilience shown by the Republic of Ireland players is important.Shane Long’s goal keeps this tough qualification campaign on track but victory ag(...)

Lukasz Fabianski saves a header from Robbie Keane. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

First, just a quick thanks to rugby for the half decent job it did of filling the international telly gap between November and last night, but, at las(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Wes Hoolahan holds off the challenge of Poland’s  Tomasz Jodlowiec during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 1 Poland 1: Player ratings16 Shay Given 6/10Nothing to do really. Peszko’s goal was a curling, left footed strike.Encouraging to see him start(...)

Ireland fans at the Euro 2012 game against Croatia in Poznan. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

I once had a conversation with an Irish soccer international a couple of days after the Irish rugby team had suffered a famous defeat. He produced his(...)

Robbie Keane being put through his paces ahead of the Poland game. LA-based striker should be more involved than last outing in Glasgow. Photograph: Donnall Farmer/Inpho 2:59

A detailed history of Ireland’s many encounters with Poland would run to several volumes and contain its share of comedy and calamity but it is the(...)

Stephen Quinn has played in three of Ireland’s four European qualifiers so far. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having waited six years after he was first called up to the senior squad before winning his first cap, much of that spell spent in the international w(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane briefs the assembled media at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It might just have something to do with the ill will that marked the closing stages of his last press conference but sit-down privileges with Ireland’(...)

Robbie Brady training with the Republic of Ireland squad at  Gannon Park in  Malahide. He could be in line for a starting place against Poland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There are times when Martin O’Neill’s reluctance to settle on squads of 23 players seems like indecision and others when it might well be taken for in(...)

Martin O’Neill at Gannon Park: “Stephen has got a bit of a problem with his ankle. We think we’re getting to the bottom of it now with a couple of scans.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

While his Polish counterpart faced a stormy fallout from Jakub Blaszczykowski’s strongest showing yet this season for Borussia Dortmund, Martin O’Neil(...)

Stephen Ward is a major doubt for Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Stephen Ward looks to be a major doubt for Sunday’s game against Poland with the Burnley left back set to receive treatment over the next couple of da(...)