Nadine O’Regan: Fresh female voices seize their moment

From Denise Chaila to Róisín Kiberd, brilliant Irish women are today at the forefront of our culture like never before

Denise Chaila with her Choice Music Prize which she won on Thursday

“No way.” With those words, Denise Chaila summed up her feelings online, on her Twitter feed, when the announcement came through on Thursday that she had won the Choice Music Prize, the honour that is awarded annually to the best album made on the island of Ireland, voted on by a panel of 12 judges and based on artistic merit, regardless of genre or sales.

As the flurry of congratulations came in, from fellow musicians and fans, ...