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John O'Shea named Republic of Ireland's Senior Player of the Year

Some delight for the centre-back in what’s been a difficult top-flight season for him.

Image: James Crombie/INPHO

IT’S BEEN A tough spell recently for John O’Shea as his Sunderland team battle against Premier League relegation.

But, there was some respite for the defender earlier this evening when he was named the Senior International Player of the Year at the Three FAI Awards.

The centre-back had been nominated alongside Everton’s Aiden McGeady and Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters.

Though he missed out on the main accolade, the Toffees’ winger did scoop the Goal of the Year gong for his special strike in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.

Elsewhere, Jeff Hendrick was named as the Young International Player of the Year while Jack Grealish picked up the Under-21 award.

Other winners included Colin Healy (SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year) and Julie-Ann Russell (Senior Women’s International Player of the Year) while Stephanie Roche walked away with a Special Merit award.

Meanwhile, former Republic of Ireland captain Andy Townsend was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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