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(...)

Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neill  by  Roy Keane after the play-off win over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:Getty Images

He says it’s best not to think too far ahead but Roy Keane admits that he was still up at 6.30am yesterday chatting about what the final list of 23 pl(...)

 Ireland’s assistant coach Roy Keane urges the team on. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Roy Keane says that all of Ireland’s available players will get the chance to make their case for inclusion in the squad for next summer’s European Ch(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

 Seamus Coleman and James McClean go through their paces at the Republic of Ireland training session at Abbotstown. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho 2:14

Ireland’s injury situation showed no sign of improvement as the week’s second day of training wrapped up in Abbotstown yesterday but Roy Keane was in (...)