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Sports stars from at home and abroad salute Ireland on Twitter after Euro 2016 qualification

Published 16/11/2015 | 22:09

Republic of Ireland's, from left, John O'Shea, Richard Keogh and Glenn Whelan celebrate in the dressingroom after the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland's, from left, John O'Shea, Richard Keogh and Glenn Whelan celebrate in the dressingroom after the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane celebrate after the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; The Republic of Ireland players celebrate their side's victory, resulting in qualification for EURO 2016. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Republic of Ireland's Shane Long celebrates his side's victory at the final whistle. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Republic of Ireland players, from left, Richard Keogh, John O'Shea and Seamus Coleman, celebrate after tha game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill celebrates his side's victory, resulting in qualification for EURO 2016. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, right, and assistant manager Roy Keane celebrate their side's victory, resulting in qualification for EURO 2016. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Jonathan Walters blasted the Republic of Ireland into the finals of Euro 2016 as his double ended Bosnia-Herzegovina's hopes of a trip to France next summer.

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Six years to the week after Irish hearts were broken by the unseen Thierry Henry handball which cost them a place at the 2010 World Cup finals, the Republic benefited from an equally suspect decision against unfortunate defender Ervin Zukanovic which allowed Walters to open the scoring from the spot.

But the game remained in the balance until the Stoke frontman dispatched a volley past former team-mate Asmir Begovic 20 minutes from time to wrap up a 2-0 win on the night and a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Ireland will take part in a second successive European finals tournament having qualified via the play-offs, an achievement which will extend manager Martin O'Neill's existing contract and surely make the agreement of a longer-term deal which is understood to be on the table a formality.

Sports stars from at home and abroad have been reacting to Ireland magnificent win:


















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