Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Youssouf Mulumbu of Norwich City in action  during the  Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty

Chelsea 1 Norwich City 0 There was something novel about Eden Hazard being able to leave this arena with a smile of satisfaction plastered acr(...)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa scores against Norwich City in the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Stefan Wermuth/Reuters/Livepic

Chelsea 1 Norwich 0 Jose Mourinho was back in the dugout and Diego Costa returned to the score sheet as Chelsea claimed a much-needed 1-0 win over Nor(...)

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(...)

Aiden McGeady’s late winner against Georgia in Ireland’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier proved to be a crucial goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aiden McGeady v Georgia – Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, September 7th, 2014 The fact that it’s way back as far as Ireland’s very f(...)

Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters celebrate after Ireland beat Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach Euro 2016. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 1:17

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(...)

Ireland Manger Martin O’Neill celebrates with Roy Keane after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has admitted he never allowed himself to dream of taking the Republic of Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals until it became a reality. The(...)

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring Ireland’s first goal in their 2016 European Championship play-off first leg against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Perhaps Robbie Brady best sums up how far this Ireland team has come through the Euro 2016 qualification phase. After coming in at left-back for the (...)

 Bosnia’s Asmir Begovic is unable to prevent Jonathan Walters scoring Ireland’s second goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A special night in Dublin. This was a throwback to Jack’s days, almost, not unlike the Belgium or Spain games before we qualified in ’88 and ’90. It w(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates after the match. Photo: Lee Smith / Reuters

If the French public are nursing fears that Friday night’s atrocity in Paris might keep visitors away from their country, the celebratory roar emanati(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Jon  Walters celebrates scoring his penalty. Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 4:54

Republic of Ireland 2 Bosnia-Herzogovina 0 (Ireland win 3-1 on aggregate) Having been here four years ago too for the game against Estonia, the Dutch(...)