The IMRO 'Music Venue of The Year' awards have hailed The Spirit Store on George's Quay as the best live venue in the 'rest of Leinster'.
This is the second time the venue has picked up a prestigious IMRO Award. In 2011, they picked up the award for 'Best Live Venue' . In a week when Tommy Tiernan proclaimed from stage, that the Spirit Store is "what every venue should be like", the quayside business won the Best Venue in Leinster Award at the IMRO ,(Irish Music Rights Organisation) awards ceremony in Dublin last Tuesday night last. Collecting the Award on the night were Derek Turner, Alan Anderson and Brian Loughran.
The Spirit Store was nominated alongside Sky and the Ground, Wexford Cleeres, Kilkenny, The Set Theatre, Kilkenny and Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. IMRO's function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. IMRO is a not-for-profit organisation.
The award is testament to The Spirit Store's popularity throughout the town, This dedication reached a global stage back in 2010, when Theguaridan.com included The Spirit Store as one of the best small music-venues in the world.
Owner Mark Dearey was keen to praise the staff for being awarded the title.
"This is a tribute to my staff,and I want to thank Brian, Alan and Derek in particular for sticking with a vision for the business during the really rough times. To our customers and gig goers, who keep music and comedy live in Dundalk , a huge thank you!"