IRELAND’S BEST: Liam O’Connor, pictured here with his daughter Saoirse and son Oisin, has been named as ‘Ireland’s Most Influential Accordion Player’.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Liam O’Connor has been named as ‘Ireland’s Most Influential Accordion Player’ at the

Irish Entertainment Awards.

Long established as one of Ireland’s most popular and prestigious award shows this year’s ceremony took place at the Tullamore Court Hotel on Monday night.

It is the second time he received a Golden Disc at the annual awards having been previously named as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2012.

Liam, his daughter Saoirse and son Oisin, performed at the show after accepting his award.

“It was lovely,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “We played together which is so nice and it was great to be honoured and get a Golden Disc.”

This year’s line-up featured performances by celebrated artists such as Foster and Allen,  Ray Lynam, Robert Mizzell and the Dublin City Ramblers.

Country Music star, Mike Denver, a regular fixture the INEC, was named as the ‘Irish Entertainer of the Year’.

O’Connor’s next major local performance is a Christmas concert with Irish Eurovision star Brian Kennedy.

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