Robbie Keane was named Senior International Player of the Year for 2013 at the FAI awards while James McCarthy picked up the young player gong. Ireland’s captain scored 8 goals lasy year including a hattrick against the Faroe Islands in a game when he broke the all-time appearances record.
Keane’s haul of goals in 2013 took his tally to 62 though Ireland ultimately failed to reach the World Cup in Brazil. the 33-year-old was up against defender Seamus Coleman and goalkeeper David Forde for the award.
With the MLS season just getting underway, Martin O’Neill decided not to ask Keane to travel for this weekend’s friendly with Serbia. The striker was presented with his trophy by LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena in a special video, complete with fun-poking ending.
Elsewhere, Everton midfielder James McCarthy was named Young Player of the Year, while Sean Murray won the Under-21 award.
Louise Quinn was named as Women’s Senior International Player of the Year while St Patrick’s Athletic’s Killian Brennan was awarded the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year
Shane Long’s header against England at Wembley secured the goal of the year. Pierce Sweeney and Jack Byrne picked up the Under-19 and Under-17 gongs while former Serbia international Dejan Stankovic was presented with the International Personality of the Year award.
Former Liverpool great and now a member of RTE’s punditry team, Ronnie Whelan was inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame, joining his shin which has been there since 1988.