Former Republic of Ireland international stars Paul McGrath and Anne O'Brien have both been inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame.

As part of the 2019 Three FAI International Awards, McGrath and family members of the late O'Brien were invited to FAI headquarters in Abbotstown.

This is the second successive year that there has been both a male and female recipient of the honour, which was first bestowed in 1997.

A hugely popular figure amongst Ireland supporters, McGrath amassed 83 senior caps as he featured in the 1988 European Championships as well as the 1990 and 1994 World Cup tournaments.

FAI interim deputy chief executive Niall Quinn, who played alongside McGrath for many years with the national side, said: "I have to admit that I was a little bit starstruck when I met Paul at Abbotstown to present him with the Hall of Fame award – and I played with him! That just tells you the stature of the man.

"The word 'legend' can be used very freely these days, but Paul is just that – a legend of world football, and not just an Irish hero.

"He was there for all the great days of the Jack Charlton era and it was a pleasure to play with him and be around him in those Ireland squads.

"Paul is a very humble man to this day and to meet him again was such a pleasure. He is one of the greatest players we have ever seen and his arrival into the FAI's Hall of Fame is so well deserved."

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Dublin-born O'Brien passed away in 2016 but left behind a legacy that saw her become an early trailblazer for women's football in Ireland, as she enjoyed tremendous success in both France and Italy.

A former Ireland international, O'Brien was a technically-gifted midfielder who became known as one of the best foreign players to feature in the Italian league, where she won six titles and two Italian Cups.

O'Brien comes from a rich bloodline of Irish football talent as she was related to both John Giles and Jimmy Conway, while her nephew Ger O'Brien captained St Patrick's Athletic to FAI Cup glory.

Paul O'Brien accepted his sister's award and said: "This is a fantastic honour to recognise what Anne did. She would have been delighted with this and our family are very appreciative for it. We'd like to thank the FAI for remembering Anne and what she did in her footballing career."