Ireland’s James McClean watches his shot go fly past Wayne Hennessey in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Wales in Cardiff. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

James McClean’s right-footed strike in Cardiff on Monday night was enough to book Ireland a 2018 World Cup playoff place with the situation helpfully (...)

This team may not be quite as gifted as the Ireland teams of 1990 and 1994. But they are, clearly, fiercely close and  have a savage work ethic. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

During the London Olympics of 2012, I took the tube to Kilburn to walk down to Cricklewood, where I’d spent a few summers two decades earlier with hun(...)

In Sweden: Grace Lovquist with her daughter Allison in Sweden. ‘When Ireland and Sweden were drawn in the same group, I immediately put in an order from home for our baby’s first Irish kit.’

Irish people living abroad will be watching Rep of Ireland v Italy in different time zones around the world tonight. Here, fans in Qatar, Bahrain and(...)

Niall Quinn celebrates his equalising goal against the Netherlands.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jack Charlton was never a man to covet the kind of adulation normally reserved for film stars and athletes of less obvious physical attraction, who ca(...)

“We want Jack!” roared the enormous crowd. They had sweated in the June heat for hours and it wasn’t to see preening ministers and councillors.

Yes we all partied. Excessively, some may have said. Lost the run of ourselves and celebrated too much, according to others. People went mad, it’s (...)