Robbie Brady wins Player of the Year at FAI Awards
Robbie Brady has won the Senior International Player of the Year Award at the Three' FAI International Football Awards in Donnybrook.
Brady saw off fellow nominees Jeff Hendrick and Seamus Coleman to win the award, his third of the night, and afterwards the Burnley midfielder said that the award was a "massive honour" for him.
"I've been fortunate enough on this one, the other two nominees had fantastic years," Brady said at the awards on RTE Sport.
"I'm honoured to have just pipped them, but it's a massive honour for me and for my family. This for me is a massive achievement and I'm over the moon."
Brady was an integral part of Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign last summer, scoring the winner in the Group E finale against Italy to send Ireland through to the knockout stages.
Ireland would lose to tournament hosts France in the second round, but overall the campaign was viewed as a success, with Brady claiming that Ireland's performances in the summer had given the playing group the hunger to go on and try and qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
"A few [players] had been there before, but for the new lads it definitely stood to us," said Brady when asked about the Euro's.
"To be able to go and represent your country on a major stage will stand to us, and it just gives us the hunger to go and qualify again."
Ireland will play Wales on Friday at the Aviva Stadium as Martin O'Neill's side look to extend their lead at the top of Group D, however, Brady will miss the game through suspension.
Joining him on the sidelines will be Rob Elliot (knee), Paul McShane (hamstring), Ciaran Clark (knee), Liam Kelly (hamstring), Harry Arter (calf), and David McGoldrick (knee).
Elsewhere, Robbie Keane was inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame with Keane reasserting his intention to continue his club career after leaving the LA Galaxy at the end of last year.
"I've had offers but at that moment it wasn't the right time for me," said Keane.
"I'll wait for the summer and see what happens but I fully tend to play on for another year or so."