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liberties legend 'We're Mnásome!' Imelda May celebrates women in music as new album goes to number one

She took to Instagram to say her heart “is overflowing” as she marks the first time an Irish female solo artist has gone to number one in nearly five years.

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Imelda May on the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Imelda May on the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Imelda May on the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Irish singer Imelda May has been celebrating her new album hitting the number one spot with a series of delighted messages on social media.

The Liberties legend has seen the recently released ‘11 Past the Hour’ shooting to the top spot here in Ireland while it also made its mark in the UK where it is currently at number six in the charts.

She took to Instagram to say her heart “is overflowing” as she marks the first time an Irish female solo artist has gone to number one in nearly five years.

“This album took at least two years of writing, recording, producing, promoting, planning,” she wrote. “I’ve given it my all. Thank you to everyone who bought the album, worked with me on it and who got behind me.

“I believe in this album and so I’m proud of this achievement not just for me but for every person who’s ever told they can't do something and then bloody well do it anyway!!!!

“For every woman in this music industry who’s told she has a sell by date I’m proof we just get better and better.

We’re feckin’ Mnásome!!”

Imelda also said she was “having the time of my life making this beautiful movie” and had “fallen in love with Cornwall too” as she thanked the makers of the new movie she will be starring in, Fisherman's Friends 2, for their congratulations.

Imelda is very close to her parents, mum Madge, who she spoken about in emotional terms as she suffers from dementia, and dad Tony, who she enlisted to help her sell the album.

Taking to her Twitter page, Imelda shared a video of her dad, Tony, asking fans to support her music.

Tony said: "I'm Imelda's dad, and I wanted to say hello to all of you because I'm asking you now to go out and buy the record or else download it and that will help her get into the number one.

"She's well worth number one and she needs your power now for a very great Liberty girl called Imelda May!"

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Imelda captioned the video: "This is my Dad Tony. I didn’t ask for nor particularly want this kind of behaviour but this is what he sent me to send to you!"

She has also expressed her joy at the prospect of returning to the live scene, writing on Instagram that “hope has arrived with the spring and we are starting to see the light!! I can feel it. I can’t express how excited I am to get back out on the road through the power of music. To connect with you all again in real life and to get up dance and have fun!!!"

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