LIMERICK songwriter Don Mescall is in platinum heaven after taking two top awards at a star-studded music ceremony in London.
Mescall, from Ahane in Co Limerick, took the gong for International Songwriter Of The Year at the The Irish World Newspaper Awards.
The songwriter, who has written hits in the past for Ronan Keating, Boyzone, Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion and, most recently, Phantom of the Opera star Ramin Karimloo, was also awarded a platinum disc by EMI for the sales of his song Too Late For Hallelujah.
That single was recorded by Aslan and went to number one this year. It was originally recorded by Boyzone in 2010.
After receiving his award at the ceremony in Hammersmith, Mescall performed the single, plus Home and, especially for his 14-year-old daughter Eve who was also present, Lighthouse Keeper – a song he wrote for her when she was just eight years old.
“It’s always lovely to receive an award, but tonight was extra special as my daughter Eve was in the audience,” said the singer, who divides his time between Nashville, London and Ireland.
“A huge thank you also to Paddy Cowan and his staff at The Irish World and also EMI Records for their awards. I’m totally honoured and overwhelmed to receive these.”
The award rounds off a successful year for the Limerick man, who appeared on RTE’s The Voice of Ireland as an assistant coach to Sharon Corr.
Mescall also received International Songwriter Of The Year at the SKY 191 Hot Country TV Awards in May, while a number of his songs - recorded by Phantom star Karimloo in Abbey Road - are currently in the UK and Irish charts.