Folk act Lankum have won the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year for The Livelong Day.
The winning album was announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Vicar Street on Thursday night.
AND THE WINNER OF THE #RTECHOICEPRIZE ALBUM OF THE YEAR IS @LankumDublin!! Huge congratulations to them and to every one of the nominees, the judges had one hell of a tough job in front of them judging by what we saw & heard tonight ?? @RTE2 @rte @RTE2fm pic.twitter.com/dsoJpNdqZM— RTÉ Choice Music (@choiceprize) March 5, 2020
Lankum are on tour in the US, so the award was accepted on their behalf by their manager, Cian Lawless.
"They have put so much effort into this, despite the financial hardship, despite the personal hardship," he told the crowd.
Lankum receive a cheque for €10,000 - a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) - and a specially-commissioned award.
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Previous Album of the Year winners, as chosen by a judging panel of journalists, broadcasters and other experts in the field, include Julie Feeney, The Divine Comedy, Jape, Delorentos, Villagers and SOAK.
Earlier on Thursday night, Westlife won the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Song of the Year, as voted for by the public, for their track Hello My Love.
Previous winners include Royseven, Gavin James, The Original Rudeboys, The Script, Picture This and Chasing Abbey.
The award was accepted on Westlife's behalf by Louis Walsh.
You can watch highlights from the show on RTÉ2 on Sunday, March 15 at 11:15pm.
The other Song of the Year nominees were:
Hozier - Almost (Sweet Music)
Dermot Kennedy - Outnumbered
Lankum - Wild Rover
Lyra - Falling
Mango X Mathman featuring Lisa Hannigan - Deep Blue
Róisín Murphy - Incapable
Picture This - One Night
Soulé feat. C Cane - Love Tonight
Wild Youth - Making Me Dance
The other nominees for Album of the Year were:
Daithí - L.O.S.S.
Junior Brother - Pull the Right Rope
Mick Flannery - Mick Flannery
Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
Sorcha Richardson - First Prize Bravery
Girl Band - The Talkies
SOAK - Grim Town
Jafaris - Stride
Maija Sofia - Bath Time