The Ireland players line up before kick-off in the 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The mood in the Republic of Ireland camp may, as you’d expect, still be upbeat despite the points dropped to Poland but any supporters who took partic(...)

 Kyle Lafferty scores Northern Ireland’s first goal in their 2-1 win over Finland which leaves them second in Group F. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Northern Ireland 2 Finland 1They were handing out leaflets mentioning sin and Satan on Olympia Drive adjacent to Windsor Park on Sunday, but inside th(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty gets his shot away despite the challenge of Finland’s Paulus Arajuuri during the Group F game at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Northern Ireland 2 Finland 1Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty paid tribute to the team’s effort after he starred in a 2-1 win over Finland.Laffer(...)

Chris Brunt: the West Brom midfielder was one of a handful of senior men who missed Wednesday’s friendly defeat against Scotland but is set to return to the side with vital points at stake this weekend. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

Chris Brunt hopes Sunday’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Finland can be the first in a series of Windsor wonders for Northern Ireland. The West (...)

Christophe Berra celebrates scoring Scotland’s winner against Northern Ireland at Hampden Park. Photograph: Reuters

In the grand catalogue of Gordon Strachan’s steady transformation of Scotland a narrow win over Northern Ireland will hardly register, but it was neve(...)

Gardaí at the Mill St station in Galway are looking for witnesses to a single car crash that claimed the life of a ‘dedicated’ GAA official. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Galway’s GAA community is in mourning following the death of an official in a single car crash in Galway city.Michael O’Neill (60), originally from T(...)

Romania’s Paul Papp celebrates scoring his sides first against Northern Ireland in their Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier at the Arena Nationala, Bucharest.   Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Romania 2 Northern Ireland 0 Northern Ireland’s perfect start to Euro 2016 qualifying came crashing down in Romania after Paul Papp ended their(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty celebrates after scoring the clincher in the 2-0 win in Greece which kept up their 100 per cent record in Group F.  Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Euro 2016, Group F – Romania v Northern Ireland, Bucharest, 7.45pm: As if being manager of Northern Ireland were not a stern enough test of a coach’s(...)

Gordon Strachan, pictured here during a training session near Glasgow this week, has revitalised the Scotland team.  Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA 2:31

A little truck stuffed with goalposts and dirty footballs pulled away from lush grass in front of the stately hotel on the banks of the Clyde on Monda(...)

Paddy McNair in action for  Manchester United against Everton last month. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester United teenager Paddy McNair has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania.The 19-year-old mi(...)