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The FAI International Player Of The Year Has Been Named

The Three FAI International Football Awards took place in Dublin this evening, as the best performers of the various national sides were honoured for their efforts over the past twelve months.

The competition was particularly strong this year, particularly among the senior team, as a number of players have emerged as heroes in what proved to be a massively successful second half of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as Martin O’Neill’s side booked their place in France this summer.

The nominations were revealed last week to be Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters and the Norwich City pair of Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady.

Each would have been deserving in his own right to be crowned the winner, but in the end it was Walters who came away with the trophy.

Walters has become something of a cult figure among Ireland fans in recent times, and with his return of five goals in eight games this year – including the two against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva that sealed Ireland’s place in France – it was almost nailed-on that he would be taking home the award.

Brady did not walk away empty handed, however, as he collected the Young Player of the Year award, beating off competition from the Derby County duo Jeff Hendrick and Cyrus Christie.

No prizes either for guessing which goal was deemed to be the best Irish strike of the past year – Shane Long firing past Germany’s Manuel Neuer on the way to a famous victory against the world champions was the greatest Irish football moment in a generation.

Other winners included Dundalk’s Richie Towell (now of Brighton) in the SSE Airtricity League category, with Denise O’Sullivan of Houston Dash taking home the Women’s Senior International Award

Full list of 2016 ‘3’ FAI International Awards winners (in bold):

Senior International Player of the Year
Robbie Brady
Wes Hoolahan
Jonathan Walters

Senior Women’s International Player of the Year
Louise Quinn
Denise O’Sullivan
Julie-Ann Russell

Young International Player of the Year
Robbie Brady
Cyrus Christie
Jeff Hendrick

Three International Goal of the Year
Robbie Brady v Bosnia & Herzegovina
Shane Long v Germany
Jonathan Walters v Georgia

Special Merit
Regions’ Cup team

Under 21 International Player of the Year
Alan Browne
Darragh Lenihan
Callum O’Dowda

Under 19 International Player of the Year
Noe Baba
Fiacre Kelleher
Ryan Manning

Under 19 Women’s International Player of the Year
Megan Connolly
Savannah McCarthy
Jessica Nolan

Under 17 International Player of the Year
Caoimhin Kelleher
Conor Masterson
Connor Ronan

Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year
Jamie Finn
Amanda McQuillan
Saoirse Noonan

Under 16 International Player of the Year
Jayson Molumby (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Under 16 Women’s International Player of the Year
Heather Payne (Salthill Devon)

Under 15 International Player of the Year
Lee O’Connor (Villa – Waterford)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year
Andy Boyle (Dundalk)
Daryl Horgan (Dundalk)
Richie Towell (Dundalk)

Junior International Player of the Year
Jimmy Carr (St Michael’s)
Dean Gibbons (Kilbarrack United)
Kevin Lynch (Sheriff YC)

Intermediate Player of the Year
Gavin Cullen (Cockhill Celtic)
Noel Murray (Crumlin United)
Kenneth Hoey (Rockmount)

FAI School’s International Player of the Year
Connor Ellis (Colaiste Phobail)
Darragh Markey (Colaiste Phadraig)
Dan Tobin (Oatlands College)

Football For All International Player of the Year
Mark Duffy (Special Olympics Ireland)
Trevor Hogan (Homeless World Cup squad)
Jason Maguire (St Vincent’s Deaf team)

International Personality
Gianluca Vialli

2016 Hall of Fame Award
Tony Cascarino

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