Robbie Brady was the star attraction at the 2016 Three FAI International Football Awards picking up a triple of prizes.
The Burnley midfielder collected three accolades – the first time a player has been so honoured at the Awards Ceremony, which was held at the RTE Studios in Donnybrook.
The 25-year-old scooped the two main awards as he was crowned Senior International Player of the Year ahead of former St. Kevin’s Boys clubmate Jeff Hendrick and current Ireland captain Seamus Coleman.
Brady was again preferred to Burnley clubmate Hendrick and Brighton’s Shane Duffy in the contest for Young International Player of the Year.
Not surprisingly, Brady’s late header from a Wes Hoolahan cross that defeated Italy at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille was named as the Three International Goal of the Year.
And in a week when the footballing fortunes of Ireland and Wales will intertwine, former Welsh striker John Hartson received the International Personality gong.
Dundalk’s domestic and European exploits were recognised with Daryl Horgan (now making a big impression in the Championship at Preston North End) chosen as SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year and the team picking up a Special Merit award.
Kilkenny native Karen Duggan (UCD Waves) claimed the Senior Women's International Player of the Year honour and was presented with the award by her new international team boss Colin Bell.
Ireland’s record goalscorer, 146 times capped Robbie Keane, was inducted into the Three FAI International Football Hall of Fame.
A total of 21 awards were presented, acclaiming all aspects of Irish football in 2016, with players from the senior men's team to the FAI Football For All programme recognised.
The full list of winners was:
2016 'Three' FAI International Football Awards
Senior International Player of the Year: Robbie Brady
Senior Women's International Player of the Year: Karen Duggan
Young International Player of the Year: Robbie Brady
'Three' International Goal of the Year: Robbie Brady v Italy
Under 21 International Player of the Year: Callum O'Dowda
Under 19 International Player of the Year: George Poynton
Under 19 Women's International Player of the Year: Roma McLaughlin
Under 17 International Player of the Year: Declan Rice
Under 17 Women's International Player of the Year: Saoirse Noonan
Under 16 International Player of the Year: Jordan Doherty
Under 16 Women's International Player of the Year: Tyler Toland
Under 15 International Player of the Year: Callum Thompson
Junior International Player of the Year: Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic)
Intermediate Player of the Year: Mark Horgan (Avondale United)
Football For All International Player of the Year: Paul McMahon (Football For All Under 19 Squad)
FAI School's International Player of the Year: Conor McCarthy (Scoil Mhuire ages Smal, Blarney)
FAI Colleges & Universities Player of the Year: Paul Rooney (Maynooth University)
SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year: Daryl Horgan (Dundalk)
Hall of Fame: Robbie Keane
Special Merit: Dundalk FC
International Personality: John Hartson
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· Public Relations Officer Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland 1994 – 2005
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John Manning was the Editor of ‘Backspin’ – official monthly magazine of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland – between 1989 and 2005. He still currently contributes to ‘Backspin’.
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