INDIE rock singer Adrian Crowley last night scooped a cheque for €10,000 as his album 'Season of the Sparks' was announced Irish Album of the Year 2009.
The singer from Galway was at Dublin's Vicar Street where he was revealed as this year's Choice Music Prize winner.
Mr Crowley told the Irish Independent after his victory that he was "totally flabbergasted" to hear his name called out.
"I don't mean to be self-critical -- I am so proud of the album -- but objectively speaking I didn't really think it was the sort of record that was going to win awards," he said.
He added that his prize money is to go straight into his music.
"Money is tight these days and it's always a struggle to come up with funds for recording. I'm already thinking about how the next album is going to take shape and this will help," he said.
The 12-strong jury panel of Irish music media professionals deliberated at length before choosing the album from a shortlist of 10 records released by Irish artists in 2009.
Eight of the shortlisted acts performed before the packed venue before the judges made their decision.
Bell X1 and Laura Izibor were unable to perform because of US touring commitments.