Monday 20 February 2017

Evergreen Pat leads the way on Ifta red carpet

Sean O'Grady

Published 08/10/2016 | 02:30

Alison Comyn Photo: Michael Chester
Alison Comyn Photo: Michael Chester

Despite gracing our TV screens for five decades, evergreen broadcaster Pat Kenny insisted he was surprised to have secured the 'Lifetime Achievement' Award at last night's Irish Film and Television Academy TV Gala Awards.

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"I don't feel old enough to get it," he joked, before adding: "Though I am in very good company so it is a huge honour."

Rachel Wyse Photo: Mark Condren
Rachel Wyse Photo: Mark Condren

In a video segment, Kenny's colleagues and peers congratulated him on his win.

Kenny was taken aback when Celine Dion appeared in the video message. Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland when Kenny co-hosted it with Michelle Rocca

'Croatian sensation' and celebrity maître d' Mateo Saina was delighted when 'First Dates' picked up the Best Reality show.

The Best Factual award went to Daniel O'Donnell and his wife Majella for their B&B Road Trip around the country.

Kathryn Thomas Photo: Mark Condren
Kathryn Thomas Photo: Mark Condren

Brendan O'Connor's 'Cutting Edge' was named Best Entertainment show.

Bob Geldof's 1916 documentary 'A Fanatic Heart' won Best Specialist Factual.

80s throwback show Bridget and Eamon - starring Jennifer Maguire - topped the Best Comedy category.

Sharon Horgan won Best Writer and Best Female Performance for hit comedy series 'Catastrophe', while Brendan O'Carroll got the gong for Best Male Performance for 'Mrs Brown's Boys.' The evening was hosted by Amanda Byram.

Nadia Forde Photo: Mark Condren
Nadia Forde Photo: Mark Condren

The red carpet was rolled out early, with stars including Miriam O'Callaghan, Claire Byrne, Lucy Kennedy and Vogue Williams posing for the cameras outside the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Comedian Al Porter picked up the Rising Star award but questioned if he was a worthy recipient given he has been on TV for eight years.

"I'm surprised Gay Byrne wasn't also nominated," he joked.

Miriam O'Callaghan arrived with her husband Steve Carson.

Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jenny Gibney Photo: Mark Condren
Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jenny Gibney Photo: Mark Condren

"I come to the Iftas every year. Mainly because you meet everyone you work with," she said.

Pat Kenny with his wife Kathy and daughters Nicole and Kristina Photo: Mark Condren
Pat Kenny with his wife Kathy and daughters Nicole and Kristina Photo: Mark Condren

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