Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during the Uefa Euro 2016 draw in Paris, France, on Saturday. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA.

Martin O’Neill is far from the first manager to leave a major championship draw clinging for consolation to the idea that it could have been worse bu(...)

Ukraine assistant coach Volodymyr Onyshchenko, manager of Poland Adam Nawalka, Michael O’Neill and Germany boss  Joachim Low pose after their sides were drawn together at next summer’s European Championships. Photograph: Getty

Michael O’Neill will seek help from his Scotland and Ireland counterparts ahead of Northern Ireland’s European Championship debut in France next summe(...)

West Ham   defender Winston Reid and Manchester United midfielder   Bastian Schweinsteiger clash during the  Premier League football match  at Old Trafford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has accepted an English Football Association charge of violent conduct and will serve a three-matc(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long scores against Germany. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Several managers came and went without guiding Ireland to a competitive win over a qualification rival and it sometimes seemed as though we might fore(...)

Martin O’Neill: his side has moved up 11 places in the world rankings to 31st spot. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The Republic of Ireland has moved up 11 places to 31st in the Fifa World rankings in the wake of its Euro 2016 play-off victory over Bosnia and Herze(...)

Shane Long celebrates in front of a delirious crowd after his goal gave Ireland a 1-0 lead against world champions Germany. Photograph: Afp

Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to matchwinner Shane Long and the crowd that rocked the foundations of the Aviva Stadium after his stunning goal wh(...)

Football - Republic of Ireland v Germany - UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 8/10/15 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge

Thursday, October 9th, 2015. What a night for Irish sport. It’s far too much to ask for anyone to be fully recovered from the delirium that greeted(...)

 German fan Peter Lintburg Frankfurt in Dublin’s Temple Bar before the defeat by  Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

These are bad times for German icons. First Volkswagen choked on its dodgy diesels, now the Germans have to deal with the Irish humiliation of their “(...)

Germany coach Joachim Löw at Wednesday’s press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

With the half-distracted air of a man talking on the phone while feeding a child, the Germans fulfilled their pre-match duties in Ballsbridge. Much o(...)

Robbie Keane has insisted he is fully focused on Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualififer against Germany on Thursday night despite his wife recently giving birth. Photograph: Inpho

Robbie Keane has shrugged off breast-feeding jibes from assistant manager Roy and insisted he’s ready for Ireland’s vital European Championships quali(...)