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Choice Music Prize
Choice Music Prize Logo (2017-present)
Awarded forBest album from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland
Location Vicar Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland (2005- present)
The Olympia Theatre, Dublin (2011 ceremony)
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Presented by IRMA, IMRO and RAAP
First awarded2005

The Choice Music Prize or "RTÉ Choice Music Prize" is an annual music prize awarded to the best album from a band or solo musician who resides in the Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland. [1]

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format widely used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Republic of Ireland Country in Europe on the island of Ireland

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, which is located on the eastern side of the island. Around a third of the country's population of 4.8 million people resides in the greater Dublin area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann, an upper house, Seanad Éireann, and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.

Northern Ireland Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland, variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in several areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".


Since it first began in 2005, the main awards ceremony had been broadcast live on the Irish independent and national radio station, Today FM, every March with the exception of the 2014 ceremony which took place on February 27, 2014 and it is also held in Vicar Street, Dublin with the exception of the 2012 ceremony which was held in the Olympia Theatre (Dublin).

Today FM radio network in Ireland

Radio Ireland Ltd, trading as 100-102 Today FM, is a commercial FM radio station which is available nationally in Ireland.

Vicar Street

Vicar Street is a concert, performing arts centre and events venue in Dublin, Ireland. Located on Thomas Street, Dublin 8, Vicar Street has capacity for 1,050 people for seated performances and 1,500 people for standing gigs. The venue is owned by Harry Crosbie and operated by Peter Aiken. Since opening in 1998, the venue has become a popular setting for a wide range of acts including stand-up comedy, drama performances and a variety of concerts. The first artist to play on the Vicar Street Stage was local singer/songwriter Shay Cotter. Major international recording artists have performed in Vicar Street, such as Bob Dylan in 2000, Neil Young in 2003, Paul Simon and Ed Sheeran in 2011 and Lana Del Rey in 2013

After being broadcast on Today FM for nearly eleven years, in November 2016, it was announced that the Choice Music Prize would broadcast on RTE 2FM starting in 2017.

Previous presenters of the main awards ceremony have been Michelle Doherty, Rigsy and Today FM radio presenters Alison Curtis and Paul McLoone. The program has been sponsored since 2011 by Meteor and it was also broadcast live on Today FM since it first began in 2005, airing as a four-part special, beginning at 7pm and usually concluding at 11pm.[ clarification needed ] [2]

Michelle Doherty is an Irish radio/television presenter, model, actress, and DJ. She has presented various television shows including Xposé, a daily entertainment/celebrity gossip TV show on TV3 in Ireland, Arthur's Day, RTÉ Two television series Under Ether, the weekday breakfast show, Pure Morning on Phantom FM now TXFM, and Night Shift and Day Shift on Channel 6 for a number of years before the closure of the station on 31 December 2008.

Rigsy, real name David O'Reilly, is an award-winning, presenter from Newcastle, Northern Ireland, currently living in East Belfast. He attended St Patrick's Grammar School, Downpatrick is a graduate of Queens University, Belfast.

Alison "Ally"Curtis is a presenter of radio on Irish radio station Phantom 105.2 and a respected figure on the Irish music scene. She presented The Last Splash on Sunday nights from 20:00 until 22:00 and The Alison Curtis Show from 05:00 - 07:00.


The Choice Music Prize was established by journalist Jim Carroll and manager Dave Reid in 2005. [3] [4]

Jim Carroll is an Irish music journalist, blogger and editor who is currently employed by The Irish Times. He runs a blog titled "On the Record" for the newspaper.

Aim of the awards


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Meteor Music Awards award

A Meteor Ireland Music Award was an accolade bestowed upon professionals in the music industry in Ireland and further afield. They had been bestowed each year since 2001, replacing the IRMA Ireland Music Awards held in the 1990s. Promoted by MCD Productions, the ceremony at which these accolades are bestowed upon worthy recipients was referred to colloquially as The Meteors, though occasionally also by its full title.

Mercury Prize award

The Mercury Prize, formerly called the Mercury Music Prize, is an annual music prize awarded for the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish act. It was established by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards. The prize was originally sponsored by Mercury Communications, a brand owned by Cable & Wireless, from which the prize gets its name. It was later sponsored by Technics, Panasonic, Nationwide Building Society and Barclaycard (2009–14). The 2015 prize was sponsored by the BBC, while in 2016 it was announced that a three-year deal had been struck with Hyundai to sponsor the event.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Initially considered by co-founder Carroll as a "titchy little maverick event", [16] the Choice Music Prize has gained a reputation for producing "unpredictable" winners. [3] [17] Winners thus far consist of one solo female performer, four bands and one solo male performer. Julie Feeney won the inaugural prize for Irish Album of the Year 2005. She was followed by The Divine Comedy, Super Extra Bonus Party and Jape, winners of Irish Album of the Year 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively. Adrian Crowley won Irish Album of the Year 2009, while Two Door Cinema Club won Irish Album of the Year 2010.

Julie Feeney is an Irish singer, composer, songwriter and record producer who self-produces and self-orchestrates her own work. She makes both instrumental and electronic music, and all of her songs with full orchestrations. Feeney is a three-time nominee for the Meteor Choice Music Prize for 'Irish Album of the Year', winning in 2006 for debut album 13 songs. She has released three studio albums on her own label 'mittens': 13 songs (2005), pages (2009), and Clocks (2012). Clocks entered at No.1 on the Irish Independent Albums Chart and No. 7 on the Main Irish albums charts making it her highest charting album to date. She is from Galway, Ireland. Previously she worked as a professional choral singer and educator.

The Divine Comedy (band) band from Northern Ireland

The Divine Comedy are a chamber pop band from Northern Ireland formed in 1989 and fronted by Neil Hannon. Hannon has been the only constant member of the group, playing, in some instances, all of the non-orchestral instrumentation except drums. To date, eleven studio albums have been released under the Divine Comedy name. The group achieved their greatest commercial success in the years 1996–99, during which they had nine singles that made the UK Top 40, including the top ten hit "National Express".

Super Extra Bonus Party

Super Extra Bonus Party are a Choice Music Prize winning indie-electronica band, formed in November 2005 and based in Kildare, Ireland. Their music spanned various genres such as electronica, indie and hip hop. Their debut album Super Extra Bonus Party LP was released to widespread critical acclaim, winning the 2007 Choice Music Prize and considered "the most inventive Irish album this decade."

The ceremony to announce the winner takes place at Vicar Street, Dublin in February or March each year. Originally presented by Michelle Doherty and Rigsy, [18] and also by Alison Curtis., [19] Today FM radio presenter Paul McLoone presented the awards since 2012, having made his debut presiding over the 2011 Choice Music Prize ceremony and was the current host or M.C.- master of ceremonies for the prize giving ceremony with the show being broadcast live since its inception on the national and independent radio station Today FM as part of a four-hour special, airing between 7pm to 10pm. In November 2016, the Choice Music Prize announced that they had partnered with RTE and as such, the live ceremony will be broadcast on RTE 2FM from 2017 onwards. [18] [19] [20] [21] The nominated acts are invited to perform in front of a live audience at the ceremony. [19] However, some nominated acts, such as The Chalets, Fionn Regan, Snow Patrol, Lisa Hannigan, Oppenheimer, Bell X1 and Laura Izibor, have not performed in the past due to other commitments. [22] [23] [24] [25] David Holmes (musician) and The Script also did not perform when nominated, though Holmes and Danny O'Donoghue attended the ceremony. [25] The judging panel which is composed of various members of Irish media as such as music and broadcasting are all locked in an enclosed room during the performances on the night to debate over which act ought to win with Irish journalist Tony Clayton Lea who works for the Irish Times the Chairman of the Judging Panel with Clayton Lea also tasked with helping the panel come to a decision where they all select the one musician or band who will be announced as the winner of the Prize. [3] A secret ballot was used to decide the winner of Irish Album of the Year 2008, Ritual . [19]

Past winners and nominees have credited the Choice Music Prize with boosting their careers. Julie Feeney described winning Irish Album of the Year 2005 as "probably the biggest achievement of my life", adding "it meant a phenomenal amount to me. It was an enormous validation". [4] Duke Special, nominated for the first two awards, said his nomination for the inaugural award had helped raise his profile in the Irish media. [26] Cormac Brady stated Super Extra Bonus Party's Irish Album of the Year 2007 win "brought us a hell of a lot more recognition overnight and opened a lot of doors". [4] Nominees have doubled or trebled sales after the award has been announced. [27] Steve Jordan was influenced by the Choice Music Prize when he set up Canada's Polaris Music Prize. [28] Culture Ireland invited figures from the international music industry to the event that decided the Irish Album of the Year 2010. [29]


From its inception, the awards show was broadcast live on Today FM and a live streamed on In 2017, the awards show moved to a live broadcast on RTÉ 2FM, and highlights will continue to be shown on RTÉ2.

The event was aired live each year on Today FM in a special awards ceremony that takes place at Vicar Street which was presented by Paul McLoone and a pre-recorded show is aired on RTÉ2 television since 2015 on hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy. The event used to be streamed live on and until 2015. [30]


It was announced on Monday 10 October 2011 that Meteor had become the official sponsor of the award, having previously sponsored the Ireland Music Awards. [2] In the run-up to the nominees (to be announced on 11 January 2012), [31] both the award organisers and Meteor promised to present a number of live performances showcasing what they considered some of the best albums from 2011. Meteor Choice Music Prize Presents... began on 1 November 2011 with a live performance by Snow Patrol at Dublin's Button Factory, and was followed by a live performance from Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow on 8 December 2011, also in Dublin's Button Factory.

In 2016, Samsung came on board to be the official partner of the awards show. [32] However, from 2017 the awards show will be supported by RTÉ online, on radio and on television. [33]

Winners and shortlisted nominees

Neil Hannon, winner with The Divine Comedy in 2006 and nominee with The Duckworth Lewis Method in 2009 Neil Hannon.jpg
Neil Hannon, winner with The Divine Comedy in 2006 and nominee with The Duckworth Lewis Method in 2009
Super Extra Bonus Party, winners in 2007 Press2 web.jpg
Super Extra Bonus Party, winners in 2007
Jape, winners in 2008 and 2011 Jape.jpg
Jape, winners in 2008 and 2011
Adrian Crowley, winner in 2009 Aidrian-Crowley.jpg
Adrian Crowley, winner in 2009
Two Door Cinema Club, winners in 2010 Two door cinema club, Kitsune, bluebird.jpg
Two Door Cinema Club, winners in 2010
Delorentos, winners in 2012 Delorentos during their 'last ever' show on 21 May 2009.JPG
Delorentos, winners in 2012
Villagers, winners in 2013 Villagers (Haldern Pop Festival 2013) IMGP4573 smial wp.jpg
Villagers, winners in 2013
SOAK, winner in 2015 Soak WBW (2).jpg
SOAK, winner in 2015
YearWinnerAlbumShortlisted nominees & albums [21] [34] [35] [36] [37] Judges [26]
2005 Julie Feeney 13 songs [38]
2006 The Divine Comedy Victory for the Comic Muse [23]
2007 Super Extra Bonus Party Super Extra Bonus Party [39]
2008 Jape Ritual [11]
2009 Adrian Crowley Season of the Sparks [40]
2010 Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History [41]
  • Held on Thursday March 8, 2012
  • Paul McLoone's debut as M.C.
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
Jape Ocean of Frequency
  • Brian Adams (Today FM)
  • John Barker (98FM)
  • Stuart Clarke (Hot Press)
  • Siobhan Maguire (The Sunday Times)
  • Naomi McCardle (Harmless Noise)
  • Lauren Murphy (The Irish Times)
  • Nadine O'Regan (RTÉ/Phantom/Sunday Business Post)
  • Colm O'Sullivan (Red FM)
  • Ed Power (Irish Independent/Irish Examiner)
  • Rigsy (BBC1 Northern Ireland)
  • Penny Rose-Hart (RTÉ Radio 1)
  • Held on March 7, 2013
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
Delorentos Little Sparks
  • Mark Kavanagh (Irish Daily Star)
  • KC (Today FM)
  • Aoife Barry (The Ticket/Blogger/2XM)
  • Craig Fitzpatrick ( Hot Press )
  • Elaine Buckley (RTÉ, State,
  • Sean Rocks (Radio1/Arena)
  • Eamonn Sweeney (Irish Independent)
  • Andy Kavanagh (TG4)
  • Steven McCauley (BBC Radio Foyle)
  • Eoghan O'Sullivan (Irish Examiner / blogger)
  • Claire Beck (Phantom FM & GoldenPlec)
  • Held on February 27, 2014
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
Villagers {Awayland}
  • John Balfe (
  • Aidan Butler (RTÉ Radio One)
  • Niall Byrne (Nialler9, Irish Independent)
  • Steve Cummins (Irish Post)
  • Shilpa Ganatra (Daily Star)
  • Daniel Gray (Totally Dublin)
  • Laurence Mackin (Irish Times)
  • Una Mullally (Irish Times and TG4)
  • Fin O'Leary (MCD Concerts)
  • Colm O'Sullivan (Today FM)
  • Niall Stokes (Hot Press)
  • Amy McGarrigle (BBC Northern Ireland)
  • Laura Kirkpatrick (Spotify)
  • Held on March 5, 2015
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
The Gloaming The Gloaming
  • Held Thursday March 3, 2016
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
  • Paul McLoone's final appearance as M.C.
  • Final broadcast on Today FM
SOAK Before We Forgot How to Dream
  • Emily Brown (Spin Southwest)
  • Roddy Cleere (KCLR)
  • Tom Dunne (Newstalk)
  • Sínead Gleeson (The Irish Times)
  • Joe Harrington (
  • James Hendicott (GoldenPlec)
  • Edwin McFee (Hot Press)
  • Louise McSharry (2FM)
  • Sinéad Ní Mhórdha (Radio Nova)
  • Ed Smith (Today FM)
  • Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1)
  • Mike Walsh (Radio X)
  • Held on Thursday March 9, 2017
  • Eoghan McDermott's debut as M.C.
  • Broadcast live for the first time on RTÉ 2FM, with highlights on RTÉ2
Rusangano FamilyLet The Dead Bury The Dead
  • Louise Bruton – Freelance & The Irish Times
  • Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
  • Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
  • Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
  • Dan Hegarty – RTÉ 2FM
  • Paddy McKenna – Editor,
  • Cathal Murray – RTÉ Radio 1
  • Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
  • Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
  • Niall Power – Head of Music, Beat FM
  • Eva Short – GoldenPlec & Deputy Editor, Trinity News
2017 [42]
  • Held in Vicar Street on March 8, 2018
  • Broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM, with highlights on RTÉ2
Ships Precession
  • Kate Brennan-Harding – Today FM
  • Martin Byrne – Music Consultant
  • Stephen Byrne – GoldenPlec
  • Tracy Clifford – RTÉ 2FM
  • Alan Donovan – Cork's RedFM
  • Dave Hanratty – Freelance journalist & broadcaster with NO ENCORE podcast
  • Hugh Linehan – The Irish Times Culture/Arts/Ticket Editor
  • Ann Marie Shields – BIMM
  • Lilian Smith – RTÉ Radio 1
  • Danny Wilson – Totally Dublin
2018 [43]
  • Held in Vicar Street on March 7, 2019
  • Broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM, with highlights on RTÉ2
O Emperor Jason
  • Louise Cantillion (Classic Hits)
  • Zara Hedderman (Thin Air / Totally Dublin / freelance)
  • Conor McCaffrey (Irish Daily Star /
  • Mike McGrath-Bryan (freelance /
  • Danny McElhinney (The Irish Mail on Sunday)
  • Cathy Moorehead (Across The Line)
  • Ed Smith (Today FM)
  • Tara Stewart (RTÉ 2FM)
  • Dean Van Nguyen (freelance / The Irish Times)
  • Stephen White (


In order to be considered for the Choice Music Prize a release must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. All albums must have been released for the very first time in Ireland in the previous calendar year. This means that the album must have been made available for purchase by the general public (in shops, at gigs or on websites) for the very first time in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland) between 1 January and 31 December of that year.
  2. Re-issues, multi-artist compilations, live albums and Best Of collections are not eligible
  3. The artist(s) in question must have been born in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland) and/or hold an Irish passport. Bands are eligible to be nominated if the majority of the band members were born in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland) and/or hold an Irish passport.
  4. For the purposes of the Choice Music Prize, an album must contain six or more tracks and/or be over 33 minutes and 20 seconds in length.

There is no formal application process for the Choice Music Prize. Once an album meets the above criteria, it is eligible to be considered by the judges for selection.

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  2. 1 2 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. 1 2 3 4 Fiona McCann (28 February 2008). "Surprise Choice victory for Kildare band". The Irish Times . Retrieved 3 March 2010. With no commercial input or sponsorship, it is designed to highlight Irish albums released over the preceding year which, according to its website, "deserve some extra time in the spotlight". At 12-1 odds going into the evening, Super Extra Bonus Party were an unexpected choice, beating favourite Cathy Davey for the prestigious prize, which has become renowned for being unpredictable. [...] The judging panel, which this year included 2FM's Dan Hegarty, Anne Marie Kelly from Today FM and Sunday Tribune journalist Una Mullally, debate the entries in a secluded room during the artists' performances, revealing their choice at the end of the night.
  4. 1 2 3 Eoin Butler (15 January 2009). "Choice script upset by inclusion of . . . The Script". The Irish Times . Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  5. Brian Boyd (4 March 2010). "Crowley's 'Season of Sparks' provides the heat at Choice Music Prize". The Irish Times . Retrieved 4 March 2010. The Choice is viewed as an alternative to the more mainstream Meteor Awards, which took place last month.
  6. Brian Boyd (6 March 2010). "Season in the sun". The Irish Times . Retrieved 7 March 2010. Crowley has been around long enough to know that the Choice Music Prize award won’t mean he’ll be challenging Jedward for press coverage anytime soon. The Choice – Ireland’s answer to the UK’s Mercury Music Prize – is an “alternative” award to the chart-driven likes of the Meteors and the Brits. Many of the albums that have been nominated for the award over its five-year existence have been self-released and would never have been commercial “hits” by any stretch of the imagination.
  7. Ed Power (25 July 2009). "Mercury is rising for our sensitive songbird". Irish Independent . Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2010. At the Mercurys, we are told, quality is what really counts (a similar independence of spirit informs its Irish equivalent, the Choice prize).
  8. "Delorentos favourites to win Choice Music Prize". Irish Examiner . 10 January 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2010. The Choice Music Prize, seen as the Irish equivalent to the Mercury Music Prize, will take place in Vicar Street on February 27.
  9. John Meagher (10 January 2008). "Music gurus shun household names". Irish Independent . Independent News & Media. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2010. Three other top names - The Thrills, Damien Dempsey and Declan O'Rourke - also failed to make the shortlist of 10 for the Choice Music Prize, regarded as the Irish equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize.
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  11. 1 2 "Dublin musician Jape wins Choice Music Prize". Irish Examiner . 5 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010. He wins a cheque for €10,000 and a specially-commissioned award.
  12. "Shock result in Choice Music Prize". RTÉ Entertainment . Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2010. Super Extra Bonus Party receive a cheque for €10,000 and a specially commissioned award.
  13. "Choice Music Prize Shortlist". Hot Press . 14 January 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010. The shortlist has been announced for the fourth annual Choice Music Prize, which is worth a cool €10,000 to the winners.
  14. "Jape album wins Choice Music Prize". RTÉ Entertainment . Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010. Egan receives a cheque for €10,000, provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), and a specially commissioned award.
  15. "Dublin musician Jape wins Choice Music Prize". Irish Independent . Independent News & Media. 5 March 2009. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2010. He wins a cheque for €10,000 and a specially-commissioned award.
  16. Caitrina Cody (5 March 2009). "Jolly Jape admits he's surprised to scoop Choice gong". Irish Independent . Independent News & Media . Retrieved 3 March 2010. "Our titchy little maverick event has morphed into an event that is prominent on the musical scene," said co-founder of the Choice Music Prize, Jim Carroll.
  17. Brian Boyd (5 March 2009). "Jape the surprise choice as Ritual takes the plaudits". The Irish Times . Retrieved 3 March 2010. The Choice Prize, now in its fourth year, generally rewards critical acclaim over sheer commercial sales and has thrown up some surprising winners over the years. Jape/Richie Egan was not the bookie’s favourite to win this year.
  18. 1 2 "Rigsy & Michelle Doherty host live event". Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO). 27 March 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2010. The BBC’s David ‘Rigsy’ O’Reilly & Channel 6’s Michelle Doherty will host the Choice Music Prize – Irish Album Of The Year live event in Vicar Street, Dublin on 28 February 2006. [...] The event will be broadcast live on the night by Pet Sounds on Today FM.
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