Martin O’Neill: Understands only too well the nature of tribes. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Normality in the 1970s was an escort from the Argyll Regiment of the British Army – the Pancake heads – out of Windsor Park towards the Lisburn Road. (...)

 Ireland’s Shane Long celebrates after the Euro qualification play-off second leg win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Dublin. Photograph: EPA

Southampton’s Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long should be fit to face Stoke this weekend - returning unscathed from international duty on Monday.(...)

Shane Lowry speaking to the media during his press conference as a preview for the 2015 DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Shane Lowry is “quietly confident” he can defy the odds and win the DP World Tour Championship and a first Race to Dubai title this week. Lowry is one(...)

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(...)

Jon Walters’ goals have proved invaluable to manager Martin O’Neill – and the FAI. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

The FAI will get a better sense over the coming weeks of just how much qualification for next summer’s finals in France will be worth. The associatio(...)

Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neill  by  Roy Keane after the play-off win over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:Getty Images

He says it’s best not to think too far ahead but Roy Keane admits that he was still up at 6.30am yesterday chatting about what the final list of 23 pl(...)

The Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, which replaces one of the 1998 World Cup’s most distinctive venues, opened in May. It has been used regularly this season for Ligue One club games and other events. It holds 42,115 people and cost €183 million to construct.

First the good news: veterans of Ireland’s ill-fated 2012 campaign can sleep easy; Croatia, like Italy, will be second seeds for the finals of Euro(...)

 Ireland’s assistant coach Roy Keane urges the team on. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Roy Keane says that all of Ireland’s available players will get the chance to make their case for inclusion in the squad for next summer’s European Ch(...)

 Robbie Brady celebrates with manager Martin O’Neill after the game at the Aviva. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Just after Paul Lambert was appointed as manager of Wycombe Wanderers in June 2006, he got a call from one of his mentors, who had worked wonders at t(...)

Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters celebrate after Ireland beat Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach Euro 2016. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The reaction around the world to last night’s events at the Aviva Stadium has been very positive from an Irish point of view with a lot of praise heap(...)