Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan in action against Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Had things gone a certain way, had he been seen in another light, it could have been so different for Wes Hoolahan. “Ipswich were the only ones who (...)

James McClean’s goal gave Ireland a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty

Monday night’s rousing win 1-0 against Wales has put Ireland two games away from a first World Cup appearance since 2002. Martin O’Neill’s side secur(...)

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(...)

Martin O’Neill: has managed to coax a big performance from his side on previous occasions when the chips were down. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Ireland have been through a few do-or-die games in Martin O’Neill’s time in charge – the qualifier against Germany in the Euro 2016 campaign, the play(...)

Wales and the Republic of Ireland line up before the clash in the Aviva Stadium which ended a scoreless draw last March. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

A routine assignment for Martin O’Neill’s Ireland then; march into the partisan frenzy of Cardiff City Stadium, conjure up a goal, withstand an inevit(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during training ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill insists that he always knew Ireland’s hopes of progressing from this World Cup group might come down to the last kick of the game again(...)

Republic of Ireland captain  David Meyler in action during the World Cup qualifier against Moldova at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

David Meyler has promised that the Republic of Ireland will give it “a hell of a go” as they attempt to leapfrog Wales and keep their World Cup hopes(...)

The crowd in the Aviva Stadium was in general on the small side, physically if not in numbers. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It must have been the smallest group of travelling supporters to attend a World Cup qualifier in Dublin, at least since the end of the communist era, (...)

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(...)

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(...)