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(...)

 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(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  celebrates with two-goal hero Jon Walters.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Well, isn’t life just grand? You know, if Liveline had a poll today on replacing Amhrán na bhFiann with ‘Super Jonny Walters’, it might be the first 1(...)

Ireland’s Ciaran Clark in action against  Bosnia’s Milan Djuric in Zenica on Friday night. Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The presence of Ciaran Clark alongside Martin O’Neill at Ireland’s final press conference was a fitting emblem for the finale of this gruelling campai(...)

 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(...)

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

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 captain and leading scorer Robbie Keane during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

There’s a natural enough tendency these days for Robbie Keane to be asked about his plans for the future, at 35, after all, there can’t be too many(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is understood to have been offered an extension to his deal with the FAI. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has admitted he would be open to extending his contract as Republic of Ireland manager. The 63-year-old is understood to have been offe(...)

Martin O’Neill, with Bosnia-Herzegovina head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic, has named a provisional squad for the Euro 2016 play-offs.

Martin O’Neill is without Reading midfielder Stephen Quinn for the European Championship play-off games against Bosnia and Herzegovina but the Repu(...)

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(...)