Monroe's of Galway is Venue of Year

Updated: 27 February 2013 18:01

Galway music venue Monroe's has been named the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year.

Galway music venue Monroe's has been named the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year.

The winners in the Regional Categories were: The Olympia (Dublin); The Set Theatre, Kilkenny (Rest of Leinster); Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis, Co Clare (Munster); McGrory's, Culdaff, Co Donegal (Ulster) and Róisín Dubh, Galway (Connacht).

Electric Picnic was named IMRO Festival of the Year and @ The Marquee Cork was IMRO Best Small Festival.

The overall winner of the Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year was The O2, as voted for by readers, with special commendations for the Set Theatre in Kilkenny and the Cork Opera House.

Victor Finn, CEO of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), said: "An extensive and vibrant venue network is the lifeblood of any strong live music sector. These awards acknowledge and applaud those venues and festivals throughout Ireland that excel in creating a memorable and exhilarating environment for music fans and performers alike.

"We would like to congratulate all of the winning and nominated venues and festivals and pay tribute to the contribution that they make to local communities from a cultural and economic perspective."