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O'Shea, Walters, Grealish and all the other nominees for the FAI Awards

Finalists for the 25th edition of the awards have been revealed today.

Nominees John O'Shea and (right) Jon Walters celebrate the equalising goal against Germany.
Nominees John O'Shea and (right) Jon Walters celebrate the equalising goal against Germany.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Updated at 15.02

THE NOMINATIONS FOR this year’s annual FAI Awards have been announced.

Celebrating its 25th year, the awards recognise the contribution of Ireland’s international players at senior and underage level.

After scoring a last-gasp equaliser against Germany on his 100th senior appearance in the Euro 2016 qualifier back in October, Sunderland captain John O’Shea is up for Men’s Senior Player of the Year.

The defender is joined by Everton winger Aiden McGeady, who earned the Boys in Green victory away to Georgia with two brilliantly-taken goals, and Stoke’s Jon Walters completes the final three after a number of solid performances under Martin O’Neill.

O’Shea and McGeady are also in the running for Goal of the Year along with Anthony Pilkington, while Derby County pair Jeff Hendrick and Cyrus Christie have been nominated for Young Player of the Year along with Robbie Brady of Hull City.

Here is the full list of nominations:

International Player of the Year

  • Aiden McGeady (Everton)
  • John O’Shea (Sunderland)
  • Jon Walters (Stoke City)

Women’s International Player of the Year

  • Julie-Ann Russell (UCD Waves)
  • Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves)
  • Niamh Fahey (Chelsea LFC)

Young Player of the Year

  • Cyrus Christie (Derby County)
  • Jeff Hendrick  (Derby County)
  • Robbie Brady (Hull City)

Goal of the Year

  • Aiden McGeady (v Georgia) 
  • Anthony Pilkington (v US)
  • John O’Shea (v Germany) 

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year

  • Christie Fagan (St Patrick’s Athletic)
  • Colin Healy  (Cork City)
  • Pat Hoban (Dundalk)

U21 Player of the Year

  • Ian Lawlor  (Manchester City) 
  • Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) 
  • Thomas Hoban (Watford) 

U19 International Player of the Year

  • Sam Byrne (Everton)
  • Alan Browne (Preston North End)
  • Sean Long (Reading)

U19 Women’s International Player of the Year

  • Hayley Nolan (Peamount United)
  • Brooke Dunne (Peamount United)
  • Megan Connolly (College Corinthians)

U17 International Player of the Year

  • Danny Kane (Huddersfield Town)
  • Adam Mc Donnell (Ipswich town)
  • Shane Elworthy (Fulham)

Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year

  • Amanda McQuillan (Shelbourne)
  • Evelyn Daly (Lakewood)
  • Sarah McKevitt (Peakville)

Junior International Player of the Year

  • Darren Dunne (Sheriff YC)
  • Jimmy Carr (St. Michaels FC)
  • Kevin Lynch (Sherrif YC)

Football for All International Player of the Year

  • Aoife McNicoll (Powerchair Squad)
  • Clayton Ivors (Homeless Squad)
  • Kevan O’ Rourke (Amputee Squad)

FAI School’s International Player of the Year

  • Cian Kavanagh (Patrician College, Dublin)
  • Jamie McGrath (Athboy Community School, Meath)
  • Ryan Manning (Yeat’s College, Galway)

Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy

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