Poland’s Gregorz Krychowiak scores their first goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was freezing and nail-biting until the very last whistle but there was to be no magical conclusion for Ireland in Warsaw. On an icy night by(...)

Poland’s Krzysztof Maczynski and Ireland’s Robbie Keane vie for the ball in Warsaw. Photo: EPA

There was no hiding the sense of disappointment as the Irish players filed away towards their team bus and the start of the journey home but Robbie Ke(...)

Robert Lewandowski was the star man yet again for Poland as Irelan failed to live with the Bayern Munich striker. Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Third place is about right. Over the course of this qualifying campaign, Ireland didn’t do quite enough. Poland and Germany have advanced to the Europ(...)

Ireland’s Shane Long is injured against Poland. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Poland 2 Republic of Ireland 1 After the heroics against Germany, Ireland were denied their fairytale finish to this remarkable qualifying campaign h(...)

Shane Long during training in Warsaw Photograph: Adam Holt/Reuters

The enormity of Shane Long’s most recent international goal may still be dawning on him. He may or may not have heard his mother discussing that bulle(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neil speaks at a press conference before his side’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. Photo: Adam Holt/Reuters

Stephen Ward will miss Sunday night’s European Championship qualifier against Poland in Warsaw having stayed behind, despite Martin O’Neill now saying(...)

Martin O’Neill masterminded one of the most famous wins in Irish sporting history against Germany on Thursday night - but now attention turns to Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Thursday night belonged to the O’Neill men. In Dublin, the team managed by Martin revived, suddenly and without warning, the belief that Irish footbal(...)

Robbie Brady could be used at left back against Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Play-off spot sealed. Automatic qualification still a possibility. After beating the reigning world champions, our greatest achievement in many years,(...)

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(...)

Shane Long scores the decisive goal for  Ireland in Thursday’s  European Championship qualifying match in the Aviva Stadium against Germany. Photograph:  Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

We all know Ireland’s history in international football is one of the longest hard- luck stories in sport, but there had always been peaks. England be(...)