Cork City winger Liam Kearney has been selected as the eircom/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month for August.
The Republic of Ireland Under 21 star was instrumental in the Leesiders' UEFA Cup victory over Djurgarden as well as keeping the club on top of the table as Cork drew 1-1 with Waterford United, beat Shelbourne 1-0 and lost 3-1 in Derry City.
His form also saw him earn a recall to the Ireland Under 21 side for last Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by France during which Kearney made his seventh appearance for Don Givens' team.
A native of Conna in east Cork, Kearney moved to England with Nottingham Forest in 2000 but was released in 2003 without making a first team appearance.
'The Conna Maradona' opted to return to Ireland where he initially had a trial with Bohemians before being snapped up by Cork City towards the end of the 2003 season. Pat Dolan immediately handed him his chance in the first team and over the last two years, he has made the left wing berth his own at Turner's Cross.
This is the second time that Kearney has been honoured by the SWAI having won the Player of the Month award in June 2004 as well.