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Gallery: The best images as Ireland qualify for Euro 2016

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Jon Walters celebrates lashing home the penalty
Jon Walters celebrates lashing home the penalty
Jon Walters celebrates lashing home the penalty
Jon Walters celebrates lashing home the penalty
Martin O'Neill enjoying Jon Walters' opener
Martin O'Neill enjoying Jon Walters' opener
Jon Walters, along with Richard Keogh, celebrates the second goal
Jon Walters, along with Richard Keogh, celebrates the second goal
Roy Keane, absolutely delighted with the second goal
Roy Keane, absolutely delighted with the second goal
Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan
Ireland's starting line-up tonight
Ireland's starting line-up tonight
Walters tucks home the spot kick
Walters tucks home the spot kick
Robbie Brady was another star tonight
Robbie Brady was another star tonight
Richard Keogh, John O'Shea, Seamus Coleman and Darren Rudolph celebrate on the pitch
Richard Keogh, John O'Shea, Seamus Coleman and Darren Rudolph celebrate on the pitch
Jeff Hendrick
Jeff Hendrick
Great shot of Robbie Keane and Martin O'Neill
Great shot of Robbie Keane and Martin O'Neill
All the squad celebrate together in the Aviva changing room
All the squad celebrate together in the Aviva changing room

Ireland beat Bosnia 2-0 in Dublin tonight to see off Bosnia 3-1 on aggregate and claim their place at Euro 2016 via the play offs.

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.

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.