Wes Hoolahan: has become an increasingly influential figure in the Republic of Ireland squad. Photo: Adam Holt/Action

The Irish team’s qualification for the playoffs will provide a late boost to the €5 million-plus profit that the FAI was already predicting it will ma(...)

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(...)

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 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(...)

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(...)

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:40

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 0 Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another sc(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane (left) and manager Martin O’Neil during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre on Wednesday. “We’re playing a Germany side full of players that play Champions League football, who have won the World Cup but we are going to go out there and fight,” O’Neill told reporters.  “We are going to show our own self-belief.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Martin O’Neill has finally admitted defeat in the battle to get Seamus Coleman for tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier against Germany with the(...)

Roy Keane has brushed away any concerns over Robbie Keane’s availability. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wes Hoolahan is the latest player to be rated doubtful for Ireland’s European Championship qualifier against Germany on Thursday with the Norwich City(...)

Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring the second goal for West Ham Reuters / Graham Stuart

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham Dick Advocaat could only look on in horror as Sunderland squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Ham amid spec(...)