Precession by Ships was revealed last night as the winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2017.

Each of the shortlisted artists performed live at a sold-out event in Vicar Street.

The show was hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott and was broadcast live on the station on a specially extended Louise McSharry show.

RTÉ2 will broadcast a one-hour TV highlights programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize featuring performances from the acts and interviews by Bláthnaid Treacy on Sunday, March 18th at 11 pm.

Ships received 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) – as well as a specially-commissioned award.

The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced and Chasing Abbey won the prize for their song “That Good Thing”. Decided by the public via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites.

Earlier in the day, the inaugural “Conversations” took place at the Morrison Hotel, a music forum attended by international and Irish industry.

Entertainment for Business will be on the ground next week reporting on the Irish presence at SXSW, South by South West, one of the biggest entertainment industry events in the world.

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