Robbie Keane celebrates after qualifying for Euro 2012 in the Aviva. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Belgium 2 Rep of Ireland 1 1998 World Cup, France Brussels, November 11th, 1997 After one-legged playoffs in 1965 and 1995, Ireland’s fir(...)

Daryl Murphy with Scotland’s Charlie Mulgrew: he may make his fourth start of the qualifying campaign when Ireland take on Bosnia on Friday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After his goalless streak extended to 13 games last week when Ipswich played Bolton Wanderers, Daryl Murphy’s manager Mick McCarthy concluded his luck(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane applauds the fans after losing the European Championship Qualifying match at the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-offs. Martin O’Neill’s men missed the chance of automatic qualificat(...)

Ludwig Wittgenstein: ‘Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

If Ireland can lay claim to St Patrick, Mick McCarthy and Barack Obama, surely it can take some ownership of Ludwig Wittgenstein too. The Austrian (...)

Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland are on course to be seeded in the Euro 2016 play-offs as things stand if they retain third place in Group D. But they would be(...)

“We want Jack!” roared the enormous crowd. They had sweated in the June heat for hours and it wasn’t to see preening ministers and councillors.

Yes we all partied. Excessively, some may have said. Lost the run of ourselves and celebrated too much, according to others. People went mad, it’s (...)

Daryl Murphy: “I was delighted to get back in the squad after being out so long.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

After the season he’s had, there’s been talk of interest from bigger-budget Championship outfits and even a suggestion that he might have earned himse(...)

Steven Reid of Ireland during the Uefa Euro 2008 qualifying match between Germany and the Republic of Ireland at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium. Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

After a career spanning 17 years, encompassing 10 different operations, former Irish international Steven Reid will retire at the end of the season, o(...)

 Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the  Championship play-off semi-final second leg match against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Norwich 3 Ipswich 1 (Norwich win 4-2 on aggregate) Norwich saw off 10-man Ipswich 3-1 at Carrow Road to earn a shot at Middlesbrough in the Cha(...)


Even now, after so many attempts to get them right, the Fifa rules that govern international eligibility are an imperfect attempt to address an intrac(...)