St Patrick's Athletic midfielder Keith Fahey was confirmed as the Ford PFAI Player of the Year at an awards ceremony in Dublin on Sunday night.

The former Arsenal man has lit up the League of Ireland this season with his sparkling performances at the heart of the Pat's engine room, and he was duly recognised by his fellow professionals, going one better than last year when he was nominated for the award, which was won by Brian Shelley.

The 23-year-old held off competition from Pat's team-mate Mark Quigley and the Bohemians quartet of Killian Brennan, Glen Crowe, Owen Heary and Brian Murphy.

Dundalk's David Cassidy capped an amazing season by claiming the First Division Player of the Year award, in which Sporting Fingal's Robbie Doyle and Conor Sinnott of Wexford Youths were also nominated.

Derry City's Niall McGinn was rewarded for his exceptional season by being named Young Player of the Year ahead of Galway United's Jay O'Shea and St Pat's' Quigley.

Alan Kelly was named Referee of the Year.

Premier Division Player of the Year nominees:
Killian Brennan (Bohemian FC)
Glen Crowe (Bohemian FC)
Keith Fahey (St Patrick's Athletic)
Owen Heary (Bohemian FC)
Brian Murphy (Bohemian FC)
Mark Quigley (St Patrick's Athletic)

First Division Player of the Year nominees:
David Cassidy (Dundalk)
Robbie Doyle (Sporting Fingal)
Conor Sinnott (Wexford Youths)

Young Player of the Year nominees:
Niall McGinn (Derry City)
James O'Shea (Galway United)
Mark Quigley (St Patrick's Athletic)

PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year 2008
Brian MURPHY Bohemian FC
Owen HEARY Bohemian FC
Mark ROSSITER Bohemian FC
Jason McGUINNESS Bohemian FC
Seamus COLEMAN Sligo Rovers
Niall McGINN Derry City
Joe GAMBLE Cork City
Keith FAHEY St Patrick's Athletic
Mark QUIGLEY St Patrick's Athletic
Glen CROWE Bohemian FC
Killian BRENNAN Bohemian FC

PFAI First Division Team of the Year 2008
Chris BENNION Dundalk
David BREEN Waterford United
Damien BRENNAN Shelbourne
Kenny BROWNE Waterford United
Robbie CLARKE Waterford United
David CASSIDY Dundalk
Conor SINNOTT Wexford Youths
Michael FOLEY Waterford United
Robbie DOYLE Sporting Fingal
Anthony FLOOD Shelbourne
Conan BYRNE Sporting Fingal

Referee of the Year nominees:
Neil Doyle
Alan Kelly
Richie Winter

Winners in bold.