Martin O’Neill saw his Ireland side qualify for the World Cup playoffs thanks to a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP

Things come full circle. After another spine-tingling football night of thrills and spills from the Ireland football team, Martin O’Neill didn’t quite(...)

 Daryl Murphy celebrates scoring  with Ciaran Clarke. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1. Form guide Daryl Murphy came into this fixture as Ireland’s most prolific striker, and his six goals in 11 games for Nottingham Forest meant his s(...)

Ireland arrive for training on Friday ahead of their crucial double header against Moldova and Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill, it seems, will not be going anywhere when this qualifying campaign is over. We still don’t know about his team but John Delaney, the m(...)

 David Meyler of Hull City scores from the penalty spot against Birmingham City.  Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Having started the game against Serbia ahead of both Glenn Whelan and Harry Arter, David Meyler looks well-placed to feature in the Ireland team to fa(...)

Shane Long’s wait for a goal goes on. Photograph: Getty Images

Shane Long was the only Republic of Ireland international to start a game in the Premier League on Saturday. The Tipperary native played all 90-plus(...)

Sean Magurie leaps to score Preston North End’s opener against Barnsley. Photograph: Alex Dodd/Getty

Preston North End 1 Barnsley 1 Sean Maguire opened his Preston North End account against Barnsley on Saturday, as the visitors left Deepdale with a p(...)

David Meyler and Wes Hoolahan start in the Irish midfield for the World Cup qualifier against Serbia. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has dropped midfielders Glenn Whelan and Harry Arter for Tuesday’s key World Cup qualifier against Serbia a(...)

Martin O’Neill says the Serbs are technically better than Ireland but that his players will put their “heart and soul” into it. Photograph:  David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

We’ve all seen enough by now to know that Martin O’Neill doesn’t like having to do post-match interviews with RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue, but the Ireland m(...)

 Shane Duffy puts Ireland in front in the fourth  minute of the game with a header against Georgia.  Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

After the manner in which they won some of the previous games they can have no complaints, but Ireland’s luck finally deserted them in Tbilisi on Satu(...)

 James McClean was Ireland’s best player in a very disappointing performance. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1 Darren Randolph: Despite Georgia’s dominance he had relatively little to do and was well protected in the air by Duffy and Clark. Slow off his line(...)