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Qualification covers cracks as Irish dare to dream

By Reuters Staff
November 16, 2011

By Phil O’Connor

Those who arrived late to the Republic of Ireland’s party in Dublin could be forgiven for wondering what was going on as 10 years of hurt were banished and Euro 2012 qualification was assured.

The luck of the Irish continues

March 26, 2009

It may prove difficult to switch a nation’s sporting focus from rugby to football, especially one that is basking in the glory of a first rugby grand slam in 61 years, but a wave of good fortune is boosting hopes of Ireland featuring at the World Cup finals in South Africa next year.

Patience a virtue that would have suited Robbie Keane

January 27, 2009

Rafa Benitez is often described as a master tactician but when it comes to man-management it can be hard to fathom what the Liverpool boss is up to.