Ray Houghton

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A dejected Shay Given and Mick McCarthy after Ireland’s 2-1 defeat to Belgium in Brussels. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night was galling for a number of reasons. Most obviously - it means there will be no World Cup appearance(...)

Republic of Ireland players celebrate after beating Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify for the 2016 European Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Over the years playoff second legs have been as cruel to Ireland as they have been kind with three proving successful in sending Ireland through while(...)

The statistics come from the Premier League, but the preferences and prejudices – based on an unquantifiable mix of sheer skill, longevity and success(...)

Martin O’Neill: “I don’t really want to have a history of players with one or two caps who have fallen by the wayside.”   Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

The Republic of Ireland squad will start to take on a more familiar look this afternoon when Martin O’Neill and the 19 players who travelled for last(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (right) and assistant Roy Keane celebrate qualifying for the round of 16 after the Euro 2016 Group E match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Would you pay good money to see two grown men kissing? A lot of us would. There was no need to pay last night as Robbie Brady headed home a winner f(...)

Robbie Brady celebrates with his family after Ireland’s 1-0 win over Italy. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Ireland’s participation in the European Championships has thus far been bookended by two of the greatest moments in Irish sporting history. In 1988 J(...)

Fans celebrate at the end of the Italian game  at an open-air screen at O’Shea’s pub in Clonskeagh, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Confidence was in short supply. Ask any of the Irish supporters gathering around the screens in Dublin’s bars and few seemed to believe there could b(...)

For a while, Daniel McConnell from Airfield seemed to the happiest person in the Living Room pub. Photograph: Conor Pope

“To be honest I’d settle for the draw now,” says the merry man in the vintage Irish jersey as Lukaku knocks in Belgian’s third. He looks around to see(...)

Republic of Ireland players get a run out at the Stade de France on Sunday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFFP/Getty Images

It is time. At six o’clock local time, the Ireland football team will have the run of Paris as they take centre-stage at these European championships.(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Ray Houghton (C) is mobbed by his teammates after scoring in  the World Cup match between Italy and Ireland in East Rutherford New Jersey on June 19th, 1994. Irish super fan Jim Ryan, who has followed the team around the world, says Houghton’s goals in 1994 and against England in 1988 are some of his most memorable moments.  Photograph: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters.

It’s just as well Jim Ryan isn’t fitted with an odometer because if he was, the clock would be well around a second if not a third time. The football(...)

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