Carlow Nationalist – Derek sweeps the boards at the Country Music Awards

Derek Ryan won three awards at the Northern Ireland Country Music Awards 20022

By Suzanne Pender

CARLOW’s Derek Ryan swept the boards at Northern Ireland Country Music Awards 2022 on Monday night – winning three of the most coveted accolades of the night.

The country music star won Best Songwriter and Best Album for his latest release soft ground and also the highest prize of the night – Ireland’s favorite country star, at the star-studded party held at Tullyglass House HotelBallymena, County Antrim.

“Wow, I’m so grateful and proud to have received three awards at the Northern Ireland CMAs tonight. Thank you all for voting,” Derek said.

“It’s great to be back,” he added.

In the category of Ireland’s favorite country star, Derek took top honors despite going up against some of country music’s stars including Daniel O’Donnell, Nathan Carter and Mike Denver.

Derek is delighted to be back on the road with his Irish concert tour, which kicked off at Mount Wolseley at the end of January and continues with dates across the country until the end of March.

This weekend he is at the National Opera House, Wexford on Saturday evening and at the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise on Sunday evening.