Republic of Ireland’s Richard Keogh beats  Poland’s Robert Lewandowski in an aerial duel. “Our group was the hardest so to finish third is no disgrace.” Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA

There’s more a hint of the Stephen Merchants about Richard Keogh. If the comedian’s trademark expression is pleasant surprise, though, the Republic o(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Richard Keogh challenges Poland’s Robert Lewandowski for the ball during the European Championship Qualifying match at the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA Wire

Ah, not to be. The play-offs it is, then, a 2016 summer trip to France remaining a provisional booking until next month’s play-offs are sorted, and as(...)

Poland’s Gregorz Krychowiak scores their first goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was freezing and nail-biting until the very last whistle but there was to be no magical conclusion for Ireland in Warsaw. On an icy night by(...)

Irish and French fans  ahead of  the Pool D clash at  the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP

The following took place between the hours of lunchtime and bedtime on Sunday, October 11th 2015. It is being documented here based on two assumpti(...)

Ireland’s Shane Long is injured against Poland. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Poland 2 Republic of Ireland 1 After the heroics against Germany, Ireland were denied their fairytale finish to this remarkable qualifying campaign h(...)

Martin O’Neill masterminded one of the most famous wins in Irish sporting history against Germany on Thursday night - but now attention turns to Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Thursday night belonged to the O’Neill men. In Dublin, the team managed by Martin revived, suddenly and without warning, the belief that Irish footbal(...)

Shane Long scores the decisive goal for  Ireland in Thursday’s  European Championship qualifying match in the Aviva Stadium against Germany. Photograph:  Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

We all know Ireland’s history in international football is one of the longest hard- luck stories in sport, but there had always been peaks. England be(...)

Germany’s Matthias Ginter and Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters  battle for the ball. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. 4:40

A night like this only ever lives on in flashbacks. Shane Long has missed more than he’s scored for Ireland and will, on all known form, spend the (...)

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:40

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 0 Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another sc(...)

Gary Kelly celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Germany in Hanover in 1994, the only occasion that Ireland have  beaten  holders of world cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Happens more often than you’d think, this sort of fixture. Not Ireland v Germany specifically, more Ireland v the like of Germany. Or to put more f(...)