Personality of the Year

First presented in 1961, the Personality of the Year is the flagship award of the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland (SWAI) and continues to be one of the most prestigious awards in Irish football.

From managers to players and officials, this award recognises the achievements of the League of Ireland’s greatest servants, but also the manner and style in which they soared to such great heights.

Always a tough choice with so many credible candidates each year, the SWAI leave it up to its members to crown a winner at the Annual Banquet, which is one of the main events on the Irish football calendar.

Personality of the Year Winners
2014 – Stephen Kenny (Dundalk)Airtricity/SWAI Personality of the Year Awards 2013
2013 – Liam Buckley (St Patrick’s Athletic)
2012 – Ian Baraclough (Sligo Rovers)
2011 – Michael O’Neill (Shamrock Rovers)
2010 – Paul Cook (Sligo Rovers)
2009 – Liam Buckley (Sporting Fingal)
2008 – Owen Heary (Bohemians)
2007 – Paul Doolin (Drogheda United)
2006 – Pat Fenlon (Shelbourne)
2005 – Damien Richardson (Cork City)
2004 – Pat Fenlon (Shelbourne)
2003 – Alan Mathews (Longford Town)
2002/03 – Glen Crowe (Bohemians)
2002 – Paul Doolin (UCD)
2001 – Glen Crowe (Bohemians)
2000 – Dermot Keely (Shelbourne)
1999 – Paul Osam (St Patrick’s Athletic)
1998 – Pat Dolan (St Patrick’s Athletic)
1997 – Peter Hutton (Derry City)
1996 – Brian Kerr (St Patrick’s Athletic)
1995 – Liam Coyle (Derry City)
1994 - Stephen Geoghegan (Shamrock Rovers)
1993 – Pat Morley (Cork City)FitzmauriceRich
1992 – Pat Byrne (Shelbourne)
1991 – Peter Hanrahan (Dundalk)
1990 – Damien Byrne (St Patrick’s Athletic)
1989 – Jim McLaughlin (Derry City)
1988 – Terry Eviston (Dundalk)
1987 – Mick Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
1986 – Liam O’Brien (Shamrock Rovers)
1985 – Pat Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
1984 – Jim McLaughlin (Shamrock Rovers)
1983 – Noel Larkin (Athlone Town)
1982 – Tommy McConville (Dundalk)
1981 – Turlough O’Connor (Athlone Town)
1980 – Eoin Hand (Limerick United)
1979 – Jim McLaughlin (Dundalk)
1978 – Johnny Giles (Shamrock Rovers)
1977 – Mick Smyth (Bohemians)
1976 – Brendan Bradley (Finn Harps)
1975 – Johnny Fullam (Bohemians)
1974 – Paul O’Donovan (Cork Celtic)
1973 – Alfie Hale (Waterford)
1972 – Dave Bacuzzi (Cork Hibernians)
1971 – Mick Meagan (Drogheda)glenn-crowe
1970 – Peter Thomas (Waterford)
1969 – Mick Leech (Shamrock Rovers)
1968 – Johnny Fullam (Shamrock Rovers)
1967 – Al Finucane (Limerick)
1966 – Liam Tuohy (Shamrock Rovers)
1965 – Sean Thomas (Bohemians)
1964 – Joe Wickham (FAI Secretary)
1963 – Willie Browne (Bohemians)
1962 – Tommy Hamilton (Shamrock Rovers)
1961 – Dan McCaffrey (Drumcondra)

 

 

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