NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS singer, Clodagh Lawlor has had reason to celebrate after securing a national award and her own radio show.

Clodagh was named as the new female country artist of the year at the 2022 Hot Country TV Music Awards held last week.

Hot Country TV is Europe’s longest running country music show and has been broadcast for twelve years. It plays Ireland’s country music artists, both established and new, giving them a TV platform in Ireland, the UK and across mainland Europe, it also features American country music artists.

In May 2019, Clodagh gained national prominence when she was named as the winner of the Late Late Show’s search for a country music star.

Of her latest recognition, Clodagh was quick to thank her loyal base of supporters. “I sat as a fan so many years ago praying, hoping, wishing that one day I’d know what it felt like to hear my name called and tonight, because of you (supporters), I did”.

Clodagh Lawlor flanked by her proud parents Donal and Mary.

She added, “I will never ever be able to tell you what this meant to me and the honour it is to finally be a part of the country music family”. The former St Flannan’s College student and graduate of LIT acknowledged her parents Donal and Mary who she credited as the reason “I’m doing what I love”.

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