Richie Towell celebrates Dundalk’s victory in  the FAI Cup final over Cork City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Richie Towell has picked up the main prize at the PFAI end of season awards on Friday night in Dublin with the 24-year-old midfielder named as the (...)

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(...)

Aiden McGeady’s late winner against Georgia in Ireland’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier proved to be a crucial goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aiden McGeady v Georgia – Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, September 7th, 2014 The fact that it’s way back as far as Ireland’s very f(...)

 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(...)

John O’Shea is available for selection after suspension. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The work will have been intense for Martin O’Neill and Mehmed Bazdarevic since Friday. A game to be re-watched and studied, a long flight to Dublin(...)

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 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(...)

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

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 (...)

Republic of Ireland players  during training at  Abbotstown ahead of the first leg of the Euro 2016 play-off away to Bosnia on Friday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has said that he will take a few days before trying to finalise his approach to Friday’s first leg of Ireland’s European Championship q(...)