The Trotters midfielder picked up the top gong, while Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, Hull City winger Robbie Brady and former international Kevin Sheedy were also honouredBolton Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews was named Ireland's Senior International Player of the Year for 2012 at the '3/FAI' International Awards, which took place on Sunday, February 3.
The former Blackburn Rovers player, who featured nine times for Giovanni Trapattoni's Boys in Green in 2012, held off competition from Wolves striker Kevin Doyle and Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy to pick up the accolade.
Despite missing out on the senior award, James McCarthy was named the Young International Player of the Year, while Hull City winger Robbie Brady won the Under-21 International Player of the Year for the second year in a row, after scoring a record seven goals for Noel King's side.
Shamrock Rovers centre back Jason McGuinness picked up the Airtricity League Player of the Year for his part in Sligo Rovers' successful league campaign and former Waterford United striker Sean Maguire was named the FAI Schools International Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, former international Kevin Sheedy was inducted into the Hall of Fame, where he joins Ray Houghton, Frank Stapleton and Ray Treacy.
FAI International Awards winners
Senior Player: Keith Andrews (Bolton Wanderers)
Young Player: James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic)
Under-21: Robbie Brady (Hull City)
Airtricity League: Jason McGuinness (Shamrock Rovers)
Senior Women: Emma Byrne (Arsenal)
International Goal: Kevin Doyle (versus Kazakhstan)
Under-19 Men: Anthony Forde (Wolves); Women: Emma Hansberry (Castlebar Celtic)
Under-17 Men: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa); Women: Lauren Dwyer (Wexford Youths)
Under-16: Noe Baba (Fulham)
Under-15: James Talbot (Home Farm)
Junior: Adrian Walsh (Carrick United)
Intermediate: David O’Sullivan (Wayside Celtic)
Football for All: Davy Byrne (Irish Homeless World Cup)
Schools: Sean Maguire (CBS Kilkenny)
Hall of Fame: Kevin Sheedy
International Personality: Zbigniew Boniek