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Qualification heroes Walters, Hoolahan and Brady to battle it out for FAI Player of the Year

The winners of all the international awards will be announced at the annual ceremony this Sunday.

Hoolahan, Brady and Walters after Ireland's qualification.
Hoolahan, Brady and Walters after Ireland's qualification.
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THE NOMINATIONS FOR this year’s FAI International Awards have been announced with Jon Walters, Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady up for Senior Player of the Year.

Stoke forward Walters was indispensable to Martin O’Neill’s team during the successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and scored two goals in the play-off second leg victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium.

Norwich pair Hoolahan and Brady have also emerged as key men for the Boys in Green — the former was Ireland’s best creative outlet while fellow Dubliner Brady showed his versatility at full-back and left midfield while also popping up with a vital goal in Zenica in November.

Both Brady and Walters feature on the Goal of the Year list alongside Shane Long for his heroics in the 1-0 win over world champions Germany.

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Meanwhile, Brighton’s Richie Towell is joined by two former Dundalk team-mates in Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle for SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year.

Senior Women’s Player of the Year will go to one of Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Denise O’Sullivan (Glasgow City) or Julie-Ann Russell (UCD Waves).

The winners will be announced at Sunday’s award ceremony, which will be broadcast live from RTÉ studios (8pm).

Here’s a full list of the nominations and winners

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)

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 McGuire (St Vincent’s Deaf team)

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