Current Irish international, and St Michael’s player, Paul Breen, added to his already burgeoning reputation as one of the top Junior soccer players in Ireland, when he became the third recipient of the coveted Three.ie Irish Junior International Player of the Year award last night at RTE’s studio’s in Donnybrook.
A native of Dundrum, Paul has been a player with St Michael’s in Tipperary town since 2002, playing for all of that time in the centre half position, where he has formed a formidable partnership with a former winner of the same award, James Walsh. After distinguished performances for his club in local, provincial and national competititon, Paul was first capped for his country in 2006 against Northern Ireland, and since then he has gone on to win another 47 caps, along with scoring two goals. This was Paul’s third nomination for the award, also getting the nod in 2008 and 2010, but winning it was more deserved than third time lucky.
Paul has represented Republic of Ireland at two UEFA Regions Cup Final Tournaments – in Croatia 2009 and in Portugal 2011. He has played in 3 Quadrangular Tournaments in Years, 2001, 2010, and 2013. Last October in Limerick, Paul played in all three games, scoring two goals and was part of a defence that didn’t concede throughout the Tournament. This helped his country to win the tournament on home soil, and for the first time in over a decade.
He is also part of a St Michael’s team who have gone through the season so far unbeaten, and will hope to help his team mates to pick up more silverware before the end of the 2014 season.
Off the field, Paul is universally liked and respected by team mates and opponents alike, having a great sense of humour and a zest for enjoying the camaraderie of his sport as well the serious on field persona.
He joins an illustrious group of three Tipperary players now, who have picked up this award, following in the foot steps of Clonmel Town’s Cyril Conran and his team mate and friend, James Walsh.
The committee of the TSDL, along with everyone else involved in the league would like to congratulate Paul on his recognition and wish him all the best in his continuing career.