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. (...)

Martin O’Neill: “You can’t win these ties in the first leg but you can certainly lose them.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 1:31

Having been fortunate on each of the previous occasions that the team has qualified for a tournament via the playoffs, the Republic of Ireland, it see(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at Thursday night’s  training at  Stadion Bilino Polje in Zenica  ahead of the Euro 2016 first leg against  Bosnia & Herzegovina on Friday. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is determined to join namesake Michael at the Euro 2016 finals as he plots a way past Bosnia-Herzegovina. The (...)

Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis celebrates after his side’s one-all draw with Finland last night propelled them to the top of their European Championship group. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The job was already done but Northern Ireland ended a magnificent qualifying campaign with one final feat by winning their group courtesy of a point (...)

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(...)

Victory over Greece sent Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland to their first major tournament since 1986. Photograph: Getty

Even Michael O’Neill said it was “special”. He said it twice, in fact three times. There is a brilliant realism to the Northern Ireland manager but ev(...)

Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis celebrates scoring the first goal of the game.

Northern Ireland 3 Greece 1 Windsor Park has seen so much since its opening 110 years ago - good, bad and ugly. But it has not seen this. For the firs(...)

 Jamie Ward’s return bolsters Northern Ireland’s attacking options.

Jamie Ward has been recalled to the Northern Ireland squad for their decisive Euro 2016 qualifiers against Greece and Finland. A hamstring injury kept(...)

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty shoots to score their late equaliser past Hungary’s goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly during the Euro 2016 qualifying Group F matchat Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland 1 Hungary 1 They may well have heard the noise on the Cave Hill. You can see it now that the Kop at Windsor Park is no more. But its (...)