THE YEAR ended on a high note for local singer/songwriter Sinead McNally when she won the award for Best Female Artist 2012 at the first ever Music review Unsigned (MRU Magazine) Awards, held at Dublin's Mercantile Hotel on Sunday night.
A thrilled Sinead said that she is ' absolutely over the moon to have won Best Female at the MRU awards.'
It's been a busy year for the Knockbridge singer who has no regrets about swapping a career in teaching for the notorious difficult world of music making.
Having recorded three singles in 2011, Sinead followed this up with her debut EP '10,000' this year which was accompanied by an unique an ambitous marketing campaign, mostly conducted on social media.
Her hard work has paid off, as the petite singer has a growing fanbase around the country, including none other than ' Lady in Red' composer Chris de Burgh who has got in touch to tell her how much he enjoys listening to her music.
A highlight of the year for her was being invited to play at in Olympic Park during the London 2012 games.
'It was an incredible event for me,' she recalls.
In addition, one of her songs has been chosen as a potential song for one of the German X Factor contestants.
' It's been a great year, visiting many towns and radio stations and getting to know so many more people in the industry and also now that I have started to get recognised as a singer/songwriter and performer,' says Sinead.
'It's lovely when people stop me to chat to me about it! I know my hard work is paying off and it's just a lovely way to end the year with the award.'