Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw: centre is credited with 14 to 16 tackles against Italy. “Sixteen tackles, that won’t do. I’ll have to improve that, going to have to look to put in a harder shift again,” he said. Photograph: Inpho

A time in their lives these rugby men will never forget. It’s a week in which they beat Italy, watched the Republic of Ireland conquer Germany and Nor(...)

Northern Ireland players celebrate clinching qualification for Euro 2016 qualifier at Windsor Park on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

What a night for Irish football. Or, if you prefer, what a night for Irish soccer. And all that lies therein. On Thursday men from the 32 counties of(...)

 Barnsley’s Dan Crowley  in action during the Capital One Cup clash against Everton at Oakwell Stadium. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

The never-ending search for tomorrow leads to a car park in Doncaster. Outside the Keepmoat Stadium, home of Doncaster Rovers, a tracksuited teenager (...)

Martin O’Neill: “We know what we have to do . . . we have to have a high scoring draw; really we have to try to win the game.” Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

It’s only a couple of years now since the then Poland manager Waldemar Fornalik used 54 players over the course of just one season. As they prepare fo(...)

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(...)

Shay Given was stretchered off during Ireland’s 1-0 win over Germany and will miss Sunday’s game against Poland. Photograph: PA

Goalkeeper Shay Given is out of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying showdown with Poland on Sunday night. The 39-year-old was carried from the field on a s(...)

Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis and Jamie Ward celebrate at the end of Northern Ireland’s victory over Greece. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Like many matters in Northern Ireland, football allegiance is still quite firmly divided into two camps. After last night’s results – the Republic of (...)

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(...)

Ireland celebrate scoring against Holland in 2001. Photograph: Getty Images

No, it wasn’t a dream. Yes, Shane Long did hammer the ball past Manuel Neuer into the top corner. And, yes, Ireland did beat the world champions. (...)

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 (...)