Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon shoots at  goal during last night’s Premier League clash at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Crystal Palace 0 Sunderland 1 Sam Allardyce’s team recorded a victory earned on the back of hard graft and a late winner from Jermain Defoe t(...)

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(...)

Aiden McGeady’s late winner against Georgia in Ireland’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier proved to be a crucial goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aiden McGeady v Georgia – Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, September 7th, 2014 The fact that it’s way back as far as Ireland’s very f(...)

 Bosnia’s Asmir Begovic is unable to prevent Jonathan Walters scoring Ireland’s second goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A special night in Dublin. This was a throwback to Jack’s days, almost, not unlike the Belgium or Spain games before we qualified in ’88 and ’90. It w(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Ciaran Clark in action against  Bosnia’s Milan Djuric in Zenica on Friday night. Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The presence of Ciaran Clark alongside Martin O’Neill at Ireland’s final press conference was a fitting emblem for the finale of this gruelling campai(...)

Shane Long has returned to Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shane Long and John O’Shea are both back in contention for Monday night’s European Championship play-off second leg against Bosnia and Herzegovina aft(...)

Richard Keogh: “We have a lot of experience in big games and have to use that.” Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Richard Keogh has made a habit of looking adversity in the eye. His response to the disappointment of losing his captaincy at Derby County in Augus(...)