The Three FAI International Football Awards took place in RTE Studios this evening with 21 awards presented. The ceremony celebrated all aspects of Irish football from the past twelve months, with players from the FAI Football For All programme right up to the senior men's team honoured.
Robbie Brady was a big winner on the night, scooping the Senior International Player of the Year, Young International Player of the Year, and 'Three' International Goal of the Year - the first time that one player has picked up three awards at the ceremony.
The full list of winners:
Tuohy passed away aged 83 after a period of illness. He was regarded as one of the greatest football people this country has produced.
The Dubliner was a former Republic of Ireland international, winning eight caps, and went on to become international team manager between 1971 and 1973. He scored Ireland’s first goal in the history of the European Championships competition in a Dalymount Park encounter with Czechoslovakia in April 1959.
Townsend joins the FAI Hall of Fame after a brilliant career in the game. The 51-year-old was born in Kent but declared for Ireland in 1989 and went on to star at Italia 90 and USA 94 World Cup final tournaments. He was the Irish captain at the 1994 tournament and was a key figure in the golden era of the national team.
Dubliner Ronnie Whelan won ever trophy there was worth collecting in the English and European club game with his beloved Liverpool, but surprisingly was restricted to just 53 international caps for Ireland in a career that stretched a total of 14 years between 1981and 1995.
The striker was accomplished in a number of codes at a young age and was a member of the Dublin minor hurling side that played in the All-Ireland final in 1984. He was also considered a bright Australian Rules prospect and was offered a big money contract down under.
Frank Stapleton will be long remembered as one of the greats of Irish football with a total of 71 caps, a then record of 20 international goals, distinguished service with such quality clubs as Arsenal and Manchester United and then seeing out the twilight of a magnificent playing career with brief spells at Ajax, Derby County, Le Havre and Blackburn Rovers.
Stephen Staunton was born in Drogheda and had the distinction of being signed twice by Liverpool and Aston Villa in the course of a long career at the top. He made a record number of International appearances for Ireland and when he retired after the World Cup finals match against Spain in South Korea in 2002, he had accumulated 102 International caps.
David O'Leary joined Arsenal as a 15 year old from Dublin junior side Reds United with success coming early in a career that was to see him eventually win 68 international caps - the highlight being the winning penalty in the shoot-out victory against Romania in Genoa at the Italia '90 World Cup finals.
Strength in the air allied with a superb positional sense, O'Leary was deceptively quick even though he often appeared to be moving more slowly than his opponent. Then he would open his stride and cruise ahead to avert danger with those typical clawing tackles.
From Dublin Gaelic football All-Ireland hero to the man who went on to win 71 caps for the Republic of Ireland, Kevin Moran epitomised everything that was good about the game in the Eoin Hand and Jack Charlton eras with superlative performances for both club and country.
A central defender of the highest quality during his day with Manchester United, Spanish side Sporting Gijon and Blackburn Rovers, Moran never flinched a tackle in his life. The scars on his forehead tell that story to this day -.painful reminders of an uncompromising approach to the game - in any code.
Shamrock Rovers striker Paddy Moore scored on his debut when Ireland held Spain to a 1-1 draw at Barcelona's Montjuich Stadium in front of a 100,000 crowd on April 26, 1931. Senior International games were a rarity in those days - this was only Ireland's sixth game since the formation of the Football Association of Ireland six years previously.