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17 November 2015

Royals play their part in helping the Republic of Ireland reach Euro 2016

The Republic of Ireland qualified for the European Championships with a 2-0 second leg play-off win over Bosnia-Herzegovina, courtesy of a Jon Walters brace on Monday night which sparked jubilant scenes in Dublin.

And Royals both past and present have played their part in the Republic's qualification campaign - many of which will now be hoping to secure a plane ticket to France next summer!

Stephen Quinn played in their opening qualifying fixture in Georgia back in September 2014 and started in a vital 1-1 draw in Germany the following month.

The waspish midfielder came off the bench away to both Scotland and Gibraltar and was in Martin O'Neill's matchday squad for home fixtures against Gibraltar, Poland, Scotland and Georgia.

Royals skipper Paul McShane was on the bench to watch the Republic secure their greatest result of the qualifying campaign - a 1-0 home win over World Champions Germany that came courtesy of a 70th minute Shane Long winner.

Injury ruled out both McShane and Quinn of the recent play-offs against Bosnia, but ex-Royals striker Long was a member of the Irish squad for every fixture, playing a part in nearly every game and coming off the bench to score a 90th minute equaliser at home to Poland as well as his winner over the Germans last month!

Former Royals Academy product Alex Pearce was on the substitutes bench for away fixtures in Georgia, Germany and Scotland and was alongside McShane to see the win over the eventual group winners, while Kevin Doyle was a regular substitute for the Irish throughout the campaign.

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