The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland Players' Player of the Year (often called the PFAI Players' Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, or simply the Irish Player of the Year) award is given to the footballer the League of Ireland Premier Division, who is seen to have been the best player of the previous season.
The shortlist is compiled by the members of the Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (the PFAI), and then the winner is voted for by the other players in the league. The prize is regarded as the highest awarded by the PFAI and is seen as the primary "Player of the Year" award in Ireland.
The award was first given in 1981, and was won by Athlone Town player Padraig O'Connor. The latest winner of the award is Jack Byrne of Shamrock Rovers.
Highlighted players are winning the award for a second time.
|2020||Jack Byrne||Shamrock Rovers|
|2019||Jack Byrne||Shamrock Rovers|
|2017||Sean Maguire||Cork City|
|2014||Christy Fagan||St Patrick's Athletic|
|2013||Killian Brennan||St Patrick's Athletic|
|2012||Mark Quigley||Sligo Rovers|
|2011||Éamon Zayed||Derry City|
|2010||Richie Ryan||Sligo Rovers|
|2009||Gary Twigg||Shamrock Rovers|
|2008||Keith Fahey||St. Patrick's Athletic|
|2007||Brian Shelley||Drogheda United|
|2005||Mark Farren||Derry City|
|1999||Paul Osam||St. Patrick's Athletic|
|1997||Peter Hutton||Derry City|
|1996||Eddie Gormley||St. Patrick's Athletic|
|1995||Liam Coyle||Derry City|
|1994||Stephen Geoghegan||Shamrock Rovers|
|1993||Donal O'Brien||Derry City|
|1991||Pat Morley||Cork City|
|1990||Mark Ennis||St. Patrick's Athletic|
|1989||Paul Doolin||Derry City|
|1988||Paddy Dillon||St. Patrick's Athletic|
|1987||Mick Byrne||Shamrock Rovers|
|1986||Paul Doolin||Shamrock Rovers|
|1985||Tommy Gaynor||Limerick City|
|1984||Pat Byrne||Shamrock Rovers|
|1983||Martin Murray||Drogheda United|
|1982||Paul McGrath||St. Patrick's Athletic|
|1981||Padraig O'Connor||Athlone Town|
|Club||Number of wins|
|St. Patrick's Athletic||8 (1982, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2008, 2013, 2014)|
|Shamrock Rovers||7 (1984, 1986, 1987, 1994, 2009, 2019, 2020)|
|Derry City||6 (1989, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2011)|
|Shelbourne||6 (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)|
|Dundalk||3 (2015, 2016, 2018)|
|Bohemians||3 (1992, 2001, 2003)|
|Cork City||2 (1991, 2017)|
|Sligo Rovers||2 (2010, 2012)|
|Drogheda United||2 (1983, 2007)|
|Athlone Town||1 (1981)|
|Country||Number of wins|
|Republic of Ireland||34 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)|
|Northern Ireland||3 (1995, 1997, 2018)|
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