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LEGEND: Retired Republic of Ireland player and Herald columnist Richard Dunne with his Hall of Fame award. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

LEGEND: Retired Republic of Ireland player and Herald columnist Richard Dunne with his Hall of Fame award. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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LEGEND: Retired Republic of Ireland player and Herald columnist Richard Dunne with his Hall of Fame award. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Mick McCarthy says he won't let withdrawals from his squad get him down ahead of the start of his second spell as manager of the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish squad assembled in Dublin last night ahead of the opening test of the Euro 2020 qualifiers, away to Gibraltar on Saturday.

But McCarthy had a few problems to cope with as Callum O'Dowda withdrew due to injury and joins Alan Browne and Ronan Curtis on the injured list. Shamrock Rovers player Jack Byrne is the latest call-up.

"We've had a few pullouts but that's always going to happen. I don't like to focus on what we can't deal with," McCarthy said.

"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."

McCarthy had made it clear in media interviews last week that he was very unhappy with the decision to award the Young Player of the Year award to Rice, who was also a nominee for the Senior Player of the Year award. Rice's name was barely mentioned at the awards in the RTÉ studios, Rice now part of the England squad preparing for their own Euro 2020 qualifier and his Young Player award was passed over in a matter of seconds.

O'Dowda's absence, due to a knee injury, opened a door for Shamrock Rovers man Byrne, as McCarthy saw him shine in his club's 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers on Friday.

"I'm hoping he can reproduce that passing range that he showed on Friday night, and the goal he scored was magnificent. You can never have enough of those things. It's a different standard, I know that, but he gave a real masterclass and his passing range and overall play was excellent," McCarthy said of Byrne.

Keiren Westwood, Richard Keogh and Conor Hourihane will all sit out today's training session at FAI HQ in Abbotstown but should be fit to train tomorrow.

Shane Duffy, involved in FA Cup drama with Brighton yesterday, was named as the senior player of the year with other awards going to Rice (young player), Aiden O'Brien (goal of the year), Ronan Curtis (U21 player) and Chris Shields (LOI).

Herald columnist Richard Dunne was back in Dublin to accept a hall of fame award along with Emma Byrne. Former Georgia captain Kakha Kaladze was named as the international personality of the year but was not in Dublin to accept his award.

Award winners

Men's senior: Shane Duffy

Women's senior: Leanne Kiernan

Young: Declan Rice

Goal of the year: Aiden O'Brien (v Poland)

U21: Ronan Curtis

Men's U19: Lee O'Connor

Women's U19: Niamh Farrelly

Men's U18: Brian Maher

Men's U17: Adam Idah

Women's U17: Emily Whelan

Men's U16: Troy Parrott

Women's U16: Jessica Ziu

Men's U15: Anselmo Garcia McNulty

Junior: Eoin Hayes

Intermediate: Darragh Reynor

Football for all: Nathalie O'Brien

Colleges and universities: Daire O'Connor

Schools: Ali Reghba

SSE Airtricity League: Chris Shields

Hall of fame: Richard Dunne/Emma Byrne

International personality: Kakha Kaladze

Special Merit: Brendan Bradley


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