Jonny O'Connor ruled supreme at the Irish Rugby Union Players' Association awards in Dublin.
O'Connor collected the player of the year award, beating off stiff competition from British & Irish Lions duo Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell, to crown an impressive debut Test season.
The 25-year-old, who earned his first start in an Ireland shirt last November against South Africa, became the first foreign-based winner of the gong, voted for by his fellow players.
At the third annual IRUPA awards ceremony, O'Connor admitted: ''To win this award has added to a great season for me personally.
''For the other players to vote for me as the best player for 2005 gives me great pride and will only encourage me to go on to achieve greater things as my career develops. This is the top rugby award in Ireland and no-one can take that away from me.''
The Wasps flanker earned his sixth Test cap in Ireland's final 2005 RBS 6 Nations encounter - the 32-20 Cardiff loss to Grand Slam winners Wales in March.
A tigerish tackler, the Galway man lined up against Scotland, England, France and Wales in this season's championship - putting in a ferocious 14 hits in the 19-13 Lansdowne Road defeat of England.
The openside follows in the footsteps of previous winners Malcolm O'Kelly (2003) and Gordon D'Arcy (2004).
Others to be rewarded included retiring Connacht fly-half Eric Elwood, who was inducted into the IRUPA's Barker Hall of Fame after 17 seasons with the province.
Ulster's Kieran Campbell (try), and Leinster pair Shane Jennings (unsung hero) and David Holwell (newcomer) also picked up awards.
Scrum-half Campbell received his nomination for a stunning individual effort against eventual European Cup finalists Stade Francais at Ravenhill last December.
The 25-year-old put Mark McCall's side on the way to a much-needed 18-10 victory, taking a quick tap penalty in his own half before evading several French tacklers to score.