Shane Duffy and Leanne Kiernan won their respective Senior Player of the Year categories at the 29th ‘Three’ FAI International Awards on Sunday night.
The ceremony, which was broadcast live on RTÉ2, saw Duffy win the Men’s Senior Player of the Year for the second year in succession, while Kiernan was named as the Senior Women’s Player of the Year following a stellar year in 2018.
Emma Byrne (pictured above) became the first women’s player to be inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame and former Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne was also honoured in the same category.
Aiden O’Brien won the ‘Three’ Goal of the Year for his debut header against Poland. The striker was voted ahead of both Troy Parrott (Men’s Under-17s v Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Ronan Curtis (Men’s Under-21s v Kosovo).
Dundalk midfielder Chris Shields fended off competition from club-mates Pat Hoban and Michael Duffy to collect the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year.
There was a domestic theme to the Special Merit Award as all-time record goalscorer Brendan Bradley was recognised for his fantastic career that saw him score 235 League goals.
29th ‘Three’ FAI International Awards
Senior Men’s International
Senior Women’s International
Goal Of The Year
Aiden O’Brien (Men’s Senior v Poland)
Anselmo Garcia McNulty
Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)
Darragh Reynor (Maynooth University Town)
Football For All
Nathalie O’Brien (Irish Women’s Deaf Futsal)
Colleges & Universities
Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock, Dublin)
SSE Airtricity League
Chris Shields (Dundalk)
Hall of Fame
Richard Dunne / Emma Byrne