PFAI Players' Player of the Year

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Mark Farren won the award in 2005.

The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland Players' Player of the Year (often called the PFAI Players' Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, or simply the Irish Player of the Year) award is given to the footballer in the top-flight of Irish football, the League of Ireland, who is seen to have been the best player of the previous season.[1]

The shortlist is compiled by the members of the Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (the PFAI), and then the winner is voted for by the other players in the league. The prize is regarded as the highest awarded by the PFAI – especially by the players[citation needed] – and is seen as the primary "Player of the Year" award in Ireland.[citation needed]

The award was first given in 1981, and was won by Athlone Town player Padraig O'Connor. The latest winner of the award was Killian Brennan of St Patrick's Athletic.

List of winners[edit]

Highlighted players are winning the award for a second time.


Year Player Club
2013 Republic of Ireland Killian Brennan St Patrick's Athletic
2012 Republic of Ireland Mark Quigley Sligo Rovers
2011 Libya Éamon Zayed Derry City
2010 Republic of Ireland Richie Ryan Sligo Rovers


Year Player Club
2009 Scotland Gary Twigg Shamrock Rovers
2008 Republic of Ireland Keith Fahey St. Patrick's Athletic
2007 Republic of Ireland Brian Shelley Drogheda United
2006 Cameroon Joseph N'Do Shelbourne
2005 Republic of Ireland Mark Farren Derry City
2004 Republic of Ireland Jason Byrne Shelbourne
2003 Republic of Ireland Jason Byrne Shelbourne
2003 Republic of Ireland Glen Crowe Bohemians
2002 Republic of Ireland Owen Heary Shelbourne
2001 Republic of Ireland Glen Crowe Bohemians
2000 Republic of Ireland Pat Fenlon Shelbourne


Year Player Club
1999 Republic of Ireland Paul Osam St. Patrick's Athletic
1998 Republic of Ireland Pat Scully Shelbourne
1997 Republic of Ireland Peter Hutton Derry City
1996 Republic of Ireland Eddie Gormley St. Patrick's Athletic
1995 Northern Ireland Liam Coyle Derry City
1994 Republic of Ireland Stephen Geoghegan Shamrock Rovers
1993 Republic of Ireland Donal O'Brien Derry City
1992 Republic of Ireland Pat Fenlon Bohemians
1991 Republic of Ireland Pat Morley Cork City
1990 Republic of Ireland Mark Ennis St. Patrick's Athletic


Year Player Club
1989 Republic of Ireland Paul Doolin Derry City
1988 Republic of Ireland Paddy Dillon St. Patrick's Athletic
1987 Republic of Ireland Mick Byrne Shamrock Rovers
1986 Republic of Ireland Paul Doolin Shamrock Rovers
1985 Republic of Ireland Tommy Gaynor Limerick City
1984 Republic of Ireland Pat Byrne Shamrock Rovers
1983 Republic of Ireland Martin Murray Drogheda United
1982 Republic of Ireland Paul McGrath St. Patrick's Athletic
1981 Republic of Ireland Padraig O'Connor Athlone Town

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins
St. Patrick's Athletic 7 (1982, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2008, 2013)
Shelbourne 6 (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Derry City 6 (1989, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2011)
Shamrock Rovers 5 (1984, 1986, 1987, 1994, 2009)
Bohemians 3 (1992, 2001, 2003)
Drogheda United 2 (1983, 2007)
Sligo Rovers 2 (2010, 2012)
Cork City 1 (1991)
Limerick City 1 (1985)
Athlone Town 1 (1981)

Winners by country[edit]

Country Number of wins
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 28 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
 Northern Ireland 2 (1995, 1997)
 Cameroon 1 (2006)
 Scotland 1 (2009)
 Libya 1 (2011)

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