Dundalk player Michael Duffy took home the Premier Division of the Year player at the PFAI award at the Marker Hotel in Dublin tonight.
Derry was born a shining midfielder for the double winner in 2018, hitting 13 goals and taking two Player of the Month gongs in April and August.
He finished the year with the first Division Premier League medal after signing for Dundalk from Celtic at the start of the 2017 season.
Michael Duffy from @DundalkFC
wrapped up a brilliant season for himself and the club with his award for the First Division Player of the Year # PFAIrelandawards18 pic.twitter.com/VHgO0txiYx
– PFA Ireland (@PFAIOfficial) November 10, 2018
This week, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O & # 39; Neill described Duffy as "a very talented player", and noted that "the document was there" in the transition of loyalty from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.
Duffy made 12 underage appearances for Northern Ireland and was called into their senior squad for World Cup qualifiers in 2016 but this year said he wanted to move to the Republic.
Choose it! What is the purpose of Michael Duffy. @DundalkFC lead Levadia Tallinn 2-1 at Oriel Park (3-1 on aggregate) and you will do very well to find a better solution anywhere in Europe tonight than this peach of a volley #RTEsoccer pic.twitter.com/ArDW8MxkAt
– RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) July 19, 2018
This year's Best Young Player Award is given to teammate Duffy & Dundalk, Jamie McGrath. The 22-year-old who was signed to the championship from St Patrick's Athletic in late 2016 and has become an increasingly influential presence since then. Gary O & # 39; Neill from UCD won the First Division player from this year's award.
Not surprisingly, the Premier Division manager of the year award went to Stephen Kenny once again. The Dubliner led Dundalk to the second league and a double cup from his administration and a fourth league title in five years.
Stephen Kenny won the Year Manager at @PFAIOfficial awards, using the platform to speak very eloquently about the crisis of homelessness, it's difficult to follow that ?
– Marie Crowe (@mariecrowe) November 10, 2018
Collie O & # 39; Neill from UCD took the First Division manager from this year's award, after leading the students back to the Premier Division.
Oine O & # 39; Gorman, who retired from international football this year after getting a hat for a century, was awarded a special achievement.
Denise O & # 39; Sullivan, who won the US NWSL championship with North Carolina Courage this year, won the International Women's Best Player of the Year award this year. Rianna Jarrett, her international teammate, took home the Summer Women's National League player last year.