Shane Duffy named Republic of Ireland Player of the Year
Leanne Kiernan wins the Senior Women’s International Player of the Year award
On Sunday evening Shane Duffy was in London as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Millwall to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with assistant coaches Robbie Keane and Terry Connor at Sunday’s FAI awards ceremony at the RTE studios. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho
Leanne Kiernan in action for West Ham United during the SSE Women’s FA Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa on Sunday. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
Shane Duffy was again named Irish Player of the Year at the Three sponsored FAI awards but missed the opportunity to pick up the prize himself this time after Brighton’s FA Cup game against Millwall went to extra time, contributing to the 27-year-old defender missing his flight back to Dublin.
Keiren Westwood, Richard Keogh and Conor Hourihane also missed Sunday night’s event but are due in at some stage over the course of Monday, while Jack Byrne will join up with the squad for its first training session of the week at Abbotstown in the morning after the 22 year-old Shamrock Rovers player was rewarded for an outstanding display against Sligo Rovers on Friday night
“I’m hoping he can reproduce that passing range that he showed on Friday night,” said Mick McCarthy who was at the game in Tallaght, “and the goal he scored was magnificent. It’s a different standard, I know that, but he gave a real masterclass; his passing range and overall play was excellent.”
“We’ve had a few pullouts,” acknowledged the manager, “but that’s always going to happen. I don’t like to focus on what we can’t deal with. It’s about focusing on what we can deal with and with the players that are here. They all seem happy to be here and we’re raring to go.”
West Ham United’s Leanne Kiernan was named the Senior Women’s International Player of the Year award.
Three’ FAI International Awards Winners
Senior: Men: Shane Duffy; Women: Leanne Kiernan; Young International: Declan Rice; Goal Of The Year: Aiden O’Brien (Men’s Senior v Poland) Men’s Under 21: Ronan Curtis; Under-19: Men: Lee O’Connor; Women: Niamh Farrelly; Men’s Under 18s: Brian Maher; Under 17: Men: Adam Idah; Women: Emily Whelan; Under 16: Men: Troy Parrott; Women: Jessica Ziu; Men’s Under 15s: Anselmo Garcia McNulty: Junior International: Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic): Intermediate Player: Darragh Reynor (Maynooth University Town); Football For All: Nathalie O’Brien (Irish Women’s Deaf Futsal); Colleges & Universities: Daire O’Connor; Schools: Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock, Dublin); SSE Airtricity League: Chris Shields (Dundalk); Hall of Fame: Richard Dunne / Emma Byrne; International Personality: Kakha Kaladze; Special Merit: Brendan Bradley.