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'Red Rock' is the big winner at the IFTA Television Awards 2015

Published 22/10/2015 | 20:02

Kathryn Thomas at the IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Kathryn Thomas at the IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM

'Red Rock' was the big winner at tonight's IFTA Television Awards as TV3's Irish-made soap scooped three gongs.

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The show collected awards for 'Soap or continuing drama', 'Director soap/comedy' for director Lisa Mulcahy and 'The People's Choice Award'.

Brendan O Carroll received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy' following the worldwide success of award-winning 'Mrs Brown's Boys. Gay Byrne presented a moving tribute to O'Carroll, which also included messages from Roddy Doyle, Joe Duffy, John McColgan, Rory Cowen and Jason Byrne.

The best talent in Irish television gathered together in Dublin for the first ever IFTA Television Awards on Thursday evening.

The event, which was hosted by television presenter Amanda Byram, saw stars of soap, comedy and current affairs awarded for their work over the last year.

A special award was given to Mrs Brown's Boys star and creator Brendan O'Carroll, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy and for his contribution to the entertainment sector.

Speaking to Independent.ie on the red carpet, Mr O'Carroll said he was humbled to receive the award.

"Sometimes it's a little bit embarrassing, because I have friends who work really, really hard in their jobs and there's no awards for them, but most of the time, it's good fun," he said.

See the full list of winners: And the winners are... Red Rock scoops a trio of awards at IFTA Television Awards

The Dublin native added that we can expect a new Mrs Brown's Boys movie, but didn't give any further details.

He said that there will be two new episodes of the hit show at Christmas, which he believes are two of the best he's written so far.

Host Amanda Byram, who has recently re-settled in Ireland after years working abroad, said she couldn't wait to get on the stage.

"I've been writing the script for the last two weeks. It's time now. The buzz here is incredible," she said.

"Supporting Irish talent is such a huge thing for me."

A number of Irish musical acts also lined the red carpet before the show kicked off.

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Although Ronan Keating has been in the Irish spotlight for years, it was his first time at the IFTAs. Before the show, he said he was looking to seeing what Irish talent had to offer.

"Some [award ceremonies] can get a bit boring, but this is great, celebrating Irish talent like this," he said.

This year marks the first IFTAs event where there are separate ceremonies for film and television. IFTA CEO Aine Moriarty said this was due to the massive growth in the film and television sector.

Guests attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Elaine Crowley arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Amanda Brunker arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Kyran O'Brien
Julian Okines and Amanda Byram arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Danny O'Carroll and Amanda Woods arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Cathy Belton arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Anna Daly and Karen Koster arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Lucy Kennedy arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Brendan O'Carroll and Jenny Gibney arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Jedward arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Alison Comyn arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Lorraine Keane arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Lorraine Keane & husband Peter Devlin attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Wesley Quirke, Rosanna Davison attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Maria Walsh at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Imelda May attendS The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Alan Cantwell attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Norah Casey attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Rosanna Davison attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Andy Quirke, girlfriend Grace Power attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Matt Cooper, wife Aileen Cooper attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Miriam O'Callaghan attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Rosanna Davison signs topless Playboy photo for fan Steve Singleton at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Vogue Williams attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Nadia Forde & grandmother Bernie attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Jedward attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Lucy Kennedy at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Blathnaid Treacy at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Blathnaid Treacy, Sinead Kennedy attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Jo Archbold attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
v attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Kathryn Thomas at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Gay Byrne & wife Kathleen Watkins attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Joe Duffy & wife June Meehan attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
India Mullen attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Pandora McCormick attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Ciara Doherty attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Emma O'Driscoll attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Sinead Kennedy attend The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 21.10.15. Pictures: Cathal Burke / G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Brendan OCarroll and wife Jennifer Gibney pictured at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2015 Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

"It was just too many awards to do together for all of film and all of television. We take of leave from the BAFTAs actually and they also at a certain stage had to split, so we did the same," she said.

"We've had our film awards and so tonight is a night to celebrate television."

The Television Awards will be broadcast on TV3 tomorrow night at 9pm.

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