Republic of Ireland defender Louise Quinn has described winning the 'Three' FAI Senior Women’s International Player of the Year for a second time as "something truly special".
The former Arsenal player, who signed for Italian club Fiorentina last week, had previously won the award in 2013.
Six years on, the 30-year-old saw off competition from her Ireland team-mates Katie McCabe and Denise O'Sullivan to win International Player of the Year for a 2019 which saw the Irish team make significant progress in the qualification race for the next European Championships.
"It's just incredible. I’m really, really surprised to get that. I think we’ve had such an incredible year with such changes and the players coming up and stepping up to the plate, so to get the award is something truly special," Quinn told FAI TV, before praising her colleagues McCabe and O'Sullivan.
"Just to wear the jersey is something that I love to do every time that we get to step onto that pitch. I'm extremely proud of it. Then there is the likes of Katie and Denise, I’m their biggest fan so for them not to win is a travesty as well. But I’m thrilled, even though it’s always a team effort."
With three European Championship qualifying fixtures remaining against Germany home and away and a trip to Ukraine, between September and December, Quinn turned her thoughts to attempting to seal Irish progression to a major tournament for the very first time.
"It's just building on that and tidying things up defensively. We had a really good game against Ukraine and yes Germany is daunting but we have to take it in our stride. We’ve put ourselves in the best position and it feels great, so we want to keep that feeling going," she said, adding that head coach Vera Pauw has "steadied the ship" since taking charge of the squad.
Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland cap Troy Parrott, who signed for Championship side Millwall on loan from Tottenham on Saturday, won the International Goal of the Year award for a chipped goal against Sweden's Under-21s during the European Championship qualifying campaign.
2019 'Three' FAI International Award Winners Senior Women’s International Player of the Year
‘Three’ International Goal of the Year
Troy Parrott (Under-21s v Sweden)