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Sunday 22 October 2017

John O'Shea walks away with top gong as FAI honours stars ahead of Poland clash

Republic of Ireland International John O'Shea, winner of the Senior International player of the year award, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards. RTE Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland International John O'Shea, winner of the Senior International player of the year award, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards. RTE Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 March 2015; Republic of Ireland International John O'Shea, winner of the Senior International player of the year award, with Republic of Ireland International Julie Ann Russell, winner of the Republic of Ireland Women's player of the year award, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards. RTE Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Some of the country's biggest footballing stars were in attendance at RTE for the annual FAI awards last night.

Among those present were Ireland's assistant manager Roy Keane, Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish and Sunderland defender John O'Shea.

It was centre-half O'Shea who went home with the most coveted prize, picking up the FAI Three Senior International Player of the Year award.

His last-gasp equaliser against Germany in October was the climax of the Waterford native's international year.

Jack Grealish picked up the U-21 player of the year award, and the English-born player who has Irish heritage hinted at declaring for the Irish senior team.

"I spoke to Noel [King] at the start of the year and I said I was going to take a year out of international football this year and try concentrate on my club," he told RTE.

"I've had a good year at Villa and then, hopefully, next year I'll be back playing again for Ireland."

Among the other winners was Stephanie Roche, who received a Special Merit award, while pundit and former international player Andy Townsend was inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame.

rschiller@herald.ie

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