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(...)

Lukas Podolski is Germany manager Joachim Löw’s only injury concern ahead of Thursday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland. Photograph: PA

Germany manager Joachim Löw has said he expects to field a fairly settled side for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland in the Aviva Stadium tomorr(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane: “We’re comfortable with the players we have.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

As their own problems mount, the Irish management team are unlikely to have taken too much encouragement from the news that Lukas Podolski is ruled ou(...)

Eunan O’Kane, John O’Shea and Stephen Ward during Ireland squad training  at the  FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In his most recent book Roy Keane recalls the time Adrian Chiles turned to him as they stood on the pitch ahead of a game between Juventus and Chelsea(...)

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus (right) has returned to the Germany squad following injury. Photograph: Getty Images.

Euro 2016 qualification - Group D Republic of Ireland v Germany Aviva Stadium, Thursday, 7.45pm Germany coach Joachim Löw says that he and his team (...)

Celtic will play Ajax in their Europa League group. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reutes

Celtic have the prospect of facing Robin van Persie and Nani’s new side Fenerbahce plus Dutch giants Ajax in their Europa League group. Friday’(...)