The Irish Farmers Journal Country Sound Awards night was another stellar success this year.

Awards were presented to 22 acts on the night held at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Monday, 9 March.

Irish Country Living editor Mairead Lavery says the night was a fantastic celebration of Irish talent.

“It is lovely to recognise people with a long track record in the industry and people who are going to be the stars of the future,” she says.


Female Singer of the Year Award:

Muriel O’Connor

Bernie Heaney

Country Duo of the Year:

Dominick Kirwan and Mary Duff

Hall of Fame:

Sam O’Doherty

Country Performer of the Year:

Gerry Guthrie

Country Concert Performer of the Year:

Tony Kerr

Country Comedy:

The Bachelors in Trouble

Country Legend:

Paddy O’Brien

Acoustic Country Album of the Year:

John Hogan, Back To Basics

Country Family Showcase:

The Murphys

Country 35:

TR Dallas

Country Brass:

The Moynihan Brothers

Vocalist of the Year:

Des Willoughby

Personality of the year:

Johnny Brady

Country Ambassador:

Louise Morrissey

Ireland’s Most Promising New Country Singer:

Jordan Mogey

Country Folk Album of the Year:

Pat McKenna, Songs From The Heartland

Lifetime of Country Service:

Billy McFarland

Country Single of the Year:

Maria Butterly, You Are My Heaven

Smooth and Cool Country:

Kathy Crinnion

Country Roots:

Ciaran Rosney

Down the Decades Appreciation Award:

Johnny Dawson

For your weekly fix of news and interviews from the country music world, check out the Country Sound section in Irish Country Living.