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(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  celebrates with two-goal hero Jon Walters.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Well, isn’t life just grand? You know, if Liveline had a poll today on replacing Amhrán na bhFiann with ‘Super Jonny Walters’, it might be the first 1(...)

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(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Jon  Walters celebrates scoring his penalty. Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Republic of Ireland 2 Bosnia-Herzogovina 0 (Ireland win 3-1 on aggregate) Having been here four years ago too for the game against Estonia, the Dutch(...)

John O’Shea is available for selection after suspension. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The work will have been intense for Martin O’Neill and Mehmed Bazdarevic since Friday. A game to be re-watched and studied, a long flight to Dublin(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at a press conference. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

When José Mourinho observed a couple of seasons ago that the 1-1 draw his side had taken back home from Galatasaray in the first knockout round was(...)

Robbie Brady celebrates after scoring.

Well, that game raised many questions, like the one about our dodgy concentration levels after taking a hard-earned lead, but the greatest conundrum, (...)

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(...)

Hat trick scorer Arouna Kone of Everton holds the match ball as he celebrates with Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Everton 6 Sunderland 2 The elation of a sixth successive Tyne-Wear derby victory evaporated quickly for Sunderland. Sam Allardyce’s team were p(...)

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(...)