Doyle, Dunne and Given nominated for Eircom/FAI Awards
The nominations for the 18th Eircom / FAI International Awards have been announced.
Kevin Doyle, Richard Dunne and Shay Given get the senior nominations this year, while Stephen Ireland's a surprise inclusion in the nominees for Young player of the year.
Shane Long and Aiden McGeady get the other nods in that category.
From the Under 21s, McGeady's Celtic teammate Darren O'Dea dukes it out with Aston Villa's Stephen O'Halloran and Sheffield United's Stephen Quinn
From the Eircom League, Longford's Dave Mooney, Drogheda's Brian Shelly and Brian Murphy of Bohemians are in contention
While the Women's International nominations go to Arsenal's Emma Byrne, Niamh Fahey of Salthill Devon and Sarah Peters, who plays for US side Seattle Sounders
Finally, in the running for the goal of the year award are Kevin Doyle, for his long-range strike away to Slovakia, Robbie Keane, away to Wales, and Stephen Ireland again, for scoring the first ever soccer goal in Croke Park - also against Wales
The awards recognise the contributions of players from the senior, Under-21 and Women's international squads, as well as players from the Eircom League.