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Laois teenager nominated for Republic of Ireland U-16 Player of the Year Award

For the second successive year, a Laois teenager has been nominated for a very prestigious award.

Portlaoise native Colin Conroy has been nominated for the U-16 Republic of Ireland International Player of the Year award.

Last year, he was up for the U-15 gong which was won by Anselmo Garcia-McNulty who plays for Wolfsburg in Germany.

Conroy has been nominated alongside two of his international colleagues – Ben McCormack and Gavin O’Brien.

If Conroy is victorious, he will join a prestigious list of previous winners which include Troy Parrott (Spurs), Jason Knight (Derby), Jayson Molumby (Brighton) and Conor Masterson (QPR).

The nomination is justified recognition for the Bohemians/St Kevin’s Boys midfielder who has risen through the ranks at an incredible rate.

He represented the Midlands at the Kennedy Cup as an U-13 when playing for Portlaoise AFC – despite the prestigious competition being for U-14s.

He transferred to St Kevin’s Boys in Dublin a year later where he has played for the last four seasons following their amalgamation with Bohemians to enter the League of Ireland structure.

Conroy, who is from Sheffield Cross outside Portlaoise and the son of Martin Conroy and Caroline Allen, was called up to the Ireland U-15 squad in 2017 and subsequently captained them in a friendly with Poland. 

The Portlaoise native subsequently played twice against Cyrprus for the U-15s before graduating to the U-16 squad at the end of last year.

Conroy played in two games against Bulgaria in September and then represented Ireland at the prestigious Victory Shield competition.   

The midfielder was then named in the Irish U-16 squad for games against Germany and Australia where he scored his first ever international goal against the latter.

In between all of that, Colin was named U-15 St Kevin’s Boys/Bohemians Player of the Year. 

Last year, he represented the Irish U-16s at a UEFA tournament in Israel and concluded the year by helping the U-17s reach the Elite Qualifying Phase for the Euros.  

The Euros should have been on this summer but Covid-19 put a halt to all of that.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Awards ceremony was originally postponed from earlier this year and will not take place due to social distancing protocols remaining in place.

This is the 30th year of the Awards and celebrates the performances of players in the previous international season.

The ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘Special Merit’ recipients will be announced next week along with the winners of each category.

2019 ‘Three’ FAI International Awards

Senior Men’s International Player of the Year
David McGoldrick
Enda Stevens
Glenn Whelan

Senior Women’s International Player of the Year
Katie McCabe
Denise O’Sullivan
Louise Quinn

Young International Player of the Year
Alan Browne
Josh Cullen
Callum Robinson

‘Three’ International Goal of the Year
Conor Hourihane v Georgia
Lee O’Connor v Sweden
Troy Parrott v Sweden

Under-21 International Player of the Year 
Aaron Connolly
Lee O’Connor
Dara O’Shea

Under-19 Men’s International Player of the Year
Jonathan Afolabi
Will Ferry
Lee O’Connor

Under-19 Women’s International Player of the Year
Sadhbh Doyle
Megan Mackey
Roisin McGovern

Under-18 Men’s International Player of the Year
Adam Idah
Jason Knight
Oisin McEntee

Under-17 Men’s International Player of the Year
James Furlong
Joe Hodge
Andrew Omobamidele

Under-17 Women’s International Player of the Year
Shauna Brennan
Eabha O’Mahony
Jessica Ziu

Under-16 Men’s International Player of the Year
Colin Conroy
Ben McCormack
Gavin O’Brien

Under-16 Women’s International Player of the Year
Kerryanne Browne
Della Doherty
Aoife Horgan

Under-15 Men’s International Player of the Year
Evan Ferguson
Glory Nzingo
John Ryan

Under-15 Women’s Schools International Player of the Year
Aoife Cronin (Scoil Pól, Kilfinane)
Ellen Molloy (Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny)
Jessie Stapleton (Palmerstown Community School)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year
Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
Sean Gannon (Dundalk)
Chris Shields (Dundalk)

Intermediate Player of the Year
Alan McGreal (Crumlin United)
Dave O’Leary (Avondale United)
Conor Tourish (Letterkenny Rovers)

Junior International Player of the Year
Jordan Buckley (Usher Celtic)
Sean Guerins (St Michaels)
Kieran McDaid (Buncrana Hearts)

Colleges & Universities International Player of the Year
Dean Kelly (IT Carlow)
Maurice Nugent (NUI Galway)
Rob Slevin (University College Cork)

Schools International Player of the Year
Brandon Bermingham (St Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda)
Josh Honohan (St Francis College, Rochestown)
Niall O’Keefe (De La Salle College, Wateford)

Football For All International Player of the Year
Laurence Bryan (Street League)
Thomas Donogher (Powerchair)
Dillon Sheridan (Cerebral Palsy)