KEVIN DOYLE was last night named the 3/FAI International Player of the Year for 2010, pipping Richard Dunne and John O'Shea to claim the gong for the second time after scooping the honour for 2008, writes Daniel McDonnell.
The Wexford native has grown into an extremely important player for his country, and had double reason to celebrate after receiving the goal of the year award for his screamer against Andorra in September.
"I wasn't expecting it," said Doyle. "The last time I won it, I got word a couple of weeks before, but I didn't get it this time so it's a genuine shock to me."
It completed a fine weekend for Doyle, who is still intent on claiming Saturday's winning goal for Wolves against Manchester United.
Shane Long, Doyle's pal and likely strike partner against Wales tomorrow night, collected the young international award, while Seamus Coleman took the U-21 honour.
Gary Twigg's league-winning goals for Shamrock Rovers secured him the Airtricity League Player of the Year gong and, on a night where strikers dominated, Frank Stapleton was inducted into the Hall of Fame and Ian Rush welcomed as the International Personality.
Noel King's Irish U-17 ladies team received the Special Merit award.