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(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at a press conference. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

When José Mourinho observed a couple of seasons ago that the 1-1 draw his side had taken back home from Galatasaray in the first knockout round was(...)

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(...)

Shane Long has returned to Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shane Long and John O’Shea are both back in contention for Monday night’s European Championship play-off second leg against Bosnia and Herzegovina aft(...)

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring Ireland’s goal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Robbie Brady is having the time of his life after firing the Republic of Ireland to within touching distance of a dream trip to the Euro 2016 finals. (...)

Ireland fans celebrate Robbie Brady’s goal in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The rulebook says in these situations that a game in which a late lead has been surrendered is supposed to feel like a defeat but there was little sen(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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,(...)