Saints' Buckley named SWAI Personality of the Year
With Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill among the 250 guests in attendance, Liam Buckley was named the winner of the prestigious SWAI Personality of the Year award for 2013 last night.
The St Patrick's Athletic manager, who guided his club to their first league title in 14 years last season, beat off competition from Dundalk's Stephen Kenny and Richie Towell, from two of his own players, Killian Brennan and Anthony Flood, as well as Roddy Collins, who guided Athlone Town to promotion last season.
"It's a huge honour and I am immensely proud," said Buckley, who won the award four years ago when in charge of Sporting Fingal.
St Pat's Brendan Clarke claimed the Goalkeeper of the Year prize. Tommy McConville, who passed away last year, received the Special Merit award, with Owen Heary receiving a special tribute in honour of his contribution to Irish football.
Meanwhile, Buckley is still searching for a new assistant manager to replace Harry Kenny, with Alan Reynolds, Jay Donoghue and Martin Russell all in the frame. Shamrock Rovers confirmed that John Gill has become their new assistant, and Finn Harps have opened talks with goalkeeper Joe Coll in a bid to sign him.
* Bray Wanderers last night announced Alan Mathews as their new manager.