Jonathan Walters was named the FAI Senior Men’s International Player of the Year Award at the awards ceremony in RTÉ studios. 

Walters beat off competition from Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan to pick up the award, the first time he's done so.

The Stoke striker was one of the stand out players of the Republic of Ireland's qualification campaign for Euro 2016, missing just one match during the campaign through suspension.

Walters scored five times on the way to qualification, with his most crucial strikes coming in the second leg of the play-off clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina. His brace of goals at the Aviva was enough to book Ireland's place at the Euros.

Speaking after he collected his award, Walters revealed that Ireland are looking to cause some big upsets at the European Championships against teams that may be under-estimating them.

"If you look back at qualification, people wrote us off early on," he said. "During the group there were other teams saying that there were only three teams in it.

"Teams write us off at their peril and it’ll be the same again in (France). In this group we’re the underdogs against three very good teams and I'm sure they’ll already write us off."

Walters put Ireland's success in qualifying down to the team spirit within the squad and insisted that the closeness of the squad off the pitch shows on it.

"We’re all so close and when we go away it can be long trips," he said. "You’re away from your family and children for a long time but every time we’re here it’s enjoyable.

"Every single player is close and the members of staff as well. We’ve got a real togetherness and I think it shows out there and we showed it in qualifying out on the pitch."

Shane Long's stunning match-winning goal against Germany was named the 3 International Goal of the Year while Brady was named the Young International Player of the Year.

Richie Towell was the winner of the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year following an outstanding season with Dundalk, while Denise O'Sullivan won the Senior Women's International Player of the Year.

Former Ireland international forward Tony Cascarino was inducted into the Hall of Fame - becoming the sixth player from the Euro '88 & Italia '90 squads to be recognised.

Richie Towell was the winner of the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year following an outstanding season with Dundalk, while ex-Italy international Gianluca Vialli was named as the International Personality of the Year.

Senior International Player of the Year
Jonathan Walters

Senior Women's International Player of the Year
Denise O'Sullivan

Young International Player of the Year
Robbie Brady

Three International Goal of the Year
Shane Long v Germany

Special Merit
Regions' Cup team

Hall of Fame
Tony Cascarino

International Personality of the Year
Gianluca Vialli

Under-21 International Player of the Year
Alan Browne

Under-19 International Player of the Year
Ryan Manning

Under-19 Women's International Player of the Year
Megan Connolly

Under-17 International Player of the Year
Connor Ronan

Under-17 Women's International Player of the Year
Amanda McQuillan

Under-16 International Player of the Year
Jayson Molumby (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Under-16 Women's International Player of the Year
Heather Payne (Salthill Devon)

Under-15 International Player of the Year
Lee O'Connor (Villa - Waterford)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year
Richie Towell (Dundalk)

Junior International Player of the Year
Jimmy Carr (St Michael's)

Intermediate Player of the Year
Kenneth Hoey (Rockmount)

FAI School's International Player of the Year
Connor Ellis (Colaiste Phobail)

Football For All International Player of the Year
Mark Duffy (Special Olympics Ireland)