Country music superstar, Daniel O’Donnell took centre stage as almost a thousand people turned out for the annual Leinster Entertainment Awards at The Killashee Hotel, Naas, last Thursday May 9.
Along with Mary Duff, the Donegal singer was presented with the Achievement on the World Stage award.
Matt Browne and Liam Kett were MCs for the night and the event also doubled up as a fund raiser for MS Kildare and Rehab. Award winners on the night included Adrian Ryan - Musician Of The Year; Jimmy Aspell - Most Popular Local Artist; Karen & The Dolans - Female Vocalist of The Year; Maria Butterly - Songwriter Of The Year; Liam Mannering - Best Debut Album; and Jimmy Buckley - Album Of The Year. Other winners included Tara Shamrock - Ballad Group Of The Year; Shaun Connors - Lifetime Contribution to Irish Comedy; Tammy Browne - Leinster’s Rising Star 2013; Gerry Guthrie - Male Vocalist Of The Year; Vicky Kenny - Rising Star Award; Johnny Brady - Best Newcomer Award; and Danny Slevin - Lifetime Songwriter Award.
“It was a fantastic night. We had about sixty walk-ins on the night and we accommodated them. It was totally sold out. It was fabulous,” said organising committee member, Dymphna Murphy.
“Daniel was brilliant. He went on stage at the end to perform. He posed for photographs and he had a word for everybody.”
The committee were keen to get Daniel to perform at the awards. Last year, he was away and this year, the organisers managed to line up the awards night so he would be free to attend. The awards were sponsored by a variety of local businesses including Jolly Café & Restaurant, The Spout, Drain Doctor, LCM Promos, Qsat, Ben Dunne Gyms, McTernan’s of Kilcullen, Larkin’s Bar & Lounge, Kildare At Click, Kildare County Council, Kfm Radio, The Hazel Hotel, The Oakwood Inn, and The Killashee House Hotel.
This is the third year the awards have been in operation and the committee are thrilled they have been so successful.
- Niamh O’Donoghue