Award success on the double for Live at St. Luke’s

Award success on the double for Live at St. Luke’s
Live at St Lukes - IMRO Live Venue Awards 2018 - Joe Kelly, Ed OLeary and Niall Stokes of Hot Press. Photography: Ruth Medjber

St. Luke’s was a double award winner at the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards last night.

The former church in Summerhill North was announced as the Hot Press Live Venue of the Year 2018 and the IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2018.

The venue is run by Joe Kelly and Ed O’Leary of The Good Room and Mr O’Leary said they were delighted with the accolades.

“It really means a lot to have the venue recognised,” he said. “We genuinely put our heart and souls into every single gig here and we feel (hope) that that is reflected each time.”

St. Luke’s former church is one of Cork city’s key cultural buildings, constructed in its current state in 1889. As a landmark building into Cork’s northside, it has become known in a short space of time as one of the city’s premier concert venues.

Little Green Cars performing at St Luke's.
Little Green Cars performing at St Luke's.

Since it was established, The Good Room have promoted over 100 concerts and events at the former church, welcoming over 30,000 people through the doors with sold-out shows. 

Acts who have performed include Little Green Cars, Bell X1, Villagers, Lisa Hannigan, Hermitage Green and Hot House Flowers. 

Mr O'Leary thanked the many involved in the venue, including 'our volunteers who give up their time, all our in-house staff, Henchy’s Bar, the Ambassador Hotel, and all the local businesses and residents in St. Luke's, the Cork City Council and their Arts Department'.

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