Doyle, Dunne and O'Shea nominated for player of year

Kevin Doyle, Richard Dunne and John O’Shea have been nominated for the 3/FAI Senior International Player of the Year Award, it was announced today.

Kevin Doyle, Richard Dunne and John O’Shea have been nominated for the 3/FAI Senior International Player of the Year Award, it was announced today.

Greg Cunningham, Darron Gibson and Shane Long have all been shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year Award

Following their cup double winning season, Sligo Rovers duo, Richie Ryan and Joseph Ndo join Shamrock Rovers striker, Gary Twigg as nominees for the Airtricity League Player of the Year Award.

Three goals have been nominated for the 3/FAI International Goal of the Year and again this year the public will be able to vote for their favourite goal by logging on to www.rte.ie.tv/competitions.

The nominees are; Kevin Doyle for his strike against EURO 2012 opponents, Andorra (07/09/10), Liam Lawrence for his goal against friendly opponents, Paraguay (25/05/10) while Robbie Keane is nominated for his stunning strike against Algeria at the RDS last May (28/05/10).

The nominations which were chosen by a panel from the Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland, are divided into 18 categories. Among the awards being presented at the special ceremony, a former Republic of Ireland great will also be inducted into the FAI’s Hall of Fame while there will also be a Special Merit Award, both of which will be announced at the event.

The 21st 3/FAI International Soccer Awards which will take place on Sunday February 6, 2010 at RTÉ studios, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

RTÉ will televise the event live on RTÉ Two at 8.00pm.

3/FAI International Soccer Awards Nominees:

Senior International player of the Year

Kevin Doyle – Wolves

Richard Dunne – Aston Villa

John O’Shea – Manchester United

Young Player of the Year

Greg Cunningham – Manchester City

Darron Gibson – Manchester United

Shane Long – Reading

International Goal of the Year

Kevin Doyle v Andorra (07/09/10)

Robbie Keane v Algeria (28/05/10)

Liam Lawrence v Paraguay (25/05/10)

U21 Player of the Year

Conor Clifford – Plymouth (On loan from Chelsea)

Seamus Coleman – Everton

Anthony Stokes – Celtic

Airtricity League Player of the Year

Joseph Ndo – Sligo Rovers

Richie Ryan – Sligo Rovers

Gary Twigg – Shamrock Rovers

Under 19 International Player of the Year

Robbie Brady - Manchester United

Conor Clifford - Plymouth (On Loan from Chelsea)

Greg Cunningham - Leicester City (On loan from Manchester City)

Under 17 International Player of the Year

Shane Byrne - Leicester City

Sean McGinty - Man Utd

Frankie Sutherland - QPR

Under 16 International Player of the Year

Joe Coll - Manchester United

Mickey Drennan - Aston Villa

Luke Gallagher - Cherry Orchard

Senior Women's International Player of the Year

Emma Byrne - Arsenal

Ciara Grant - Arsenal

Fiona O'Sullivan - AIK Stolkholm

Under 19 Women's International Player of the Year

Karen Duggan - UL

Cherelle Khassell - Benfica

Becky Walsh - Salthill Devon

Junior International Player of the Year

Chris Barbour - Mountview Utd.

Ross Carrig - Killester Utd

Adrian Walsh - Carrick Utd

Intermediate Player of the Year

Seamie Crowe - Athenry

Shane Hughes - Tolka Rovers

Stephen O'Donnell - Kildrum Tigers

Football for All International Player of the Year

Paddy Coates - Irish Visually Impaired

Richard Dougherty - Irish Deaf Men's Squad

Mary Strain - Special Olympics

FAI School's International Player of the Year

Richard Benson - Marist College, Athlone

Tomas Boyle - Salesian College, Celbridge

Brian Nolan - St. Paul’s Community College, Waterford

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