Bradley and Duggan triumph at Soccer Writers Ireland Awards

Bernie Duggan recieves the award on behalf of daughter Karen

Bernie Duggan recieves the award on behalf of daughter Karen Credit: Sportsfile

The annual Soccer Writers Ireland awards in Dublin have celebrated the achievements of Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley and Peamount United midfielder Karen Duggan as they clinched the Personality of the Year accolades. 

Bradley, who led Shamrock Rovers to a fourth consecutive league title, has been named the Men's Personality of the Year, an honor he has now received three times, placing him alongside Stephen Kenny and Jim McLaughlin as the only individuals to do so.

"It's an incredible honor to be recognised alongside such respected names," Bradley remarked, after outpacing other nominees including Damien Duff and Jon Daly.

Karen Duggan has been awarded the Women's Personality of the Year for her influential role in Peamount United's title-winning campaign.

Duggan, praised for her leadership and consistent performances, expressed her gratitude, "It's a privilege to be acknowledged for doing something I love, and I'm proud to see the growth of the women's game being celebrated."

The event also recognised Derry City's Brian Maher, who secured the Goalkeeper of the Year award.

The evening's guest of honor, Irish football legend Liam Brady, was presented with the International Achievement Award, marking 50 years since his senior debut for Arsenal.

Phil Mooney, a stalwart at St Patrick’s Athletic for 40 years, was honored with the Liam Tuohy Special Merit Award, celebrating his long-standing contribution to Irish football.