Tuesday 6 December 2016

Winners announced at the 2016 IFTA TV Awards

Sean O'Grady

Published 07/10/2016 | 21:11

Brendan O'Connor who received an award at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Brendan O'Connor who received an award at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren

RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor, comedienne Sharon Horgan, crooner Daniel O’Donnell and King of camp comedy Al Porter picked up shiny statuettes at the 2016 IFTA Gala Television Awards.

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Despite gracing our TV screens for five decades, evergreen broadcaster Pat Kenny insisted he was still surprised to have secured the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award.

“I don’t feel old enough to get it,” he said before adding “though I am in very good company so it is a huge honour.”

In a video segment Kenny’s colleagues congratulated him on his win.

Samantha Mumba arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Samantha Mumba arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

Kenny was surprised when singer Celine Dion appeared on screen - Kenny hosted the Eurovision with Michelle Rocca the year Dion won.

It was a good night for celebrity maître d’ Mateo Saina who was delighted when First Dates picked up the Best Reality show.

Best factual award went to Daniel and Majella for their B&B Road Trip.

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge was named Best Entertainment at last night’s ceremony.

Brendan O'Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Brendan O'Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

Sharon Horgan was named Best Female Performance for her role in Catastrophe while Brendan O’Carroll got the gong for Best Male Performance for Mrs Brown’s Boys.

The evening was hosted by Amanda Byram.

Samantha Mumba arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Samantha Mumba arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Maria Walsh and Shauna Keogh at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Brendan O'Connor who received an award at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. With the team behind Brendans show Cutting Edge Pic:Mark Condren
Mrs Brown's Boys Rory Cowen arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Zoe Salmon arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Brendan O'Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Elaine Crowley arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

All the red carpet looks at the 2016 IFTA TV Awards  

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

Vogue Williams, Angela Scanlon, Al Porter, Republic of Telly’s Kevin McGahern, Movie Show host Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghail and Darren Kennedy were all nominated in the Rising Star category.

However, Tallaght man Al (23) questioned if any of the group could be described as a “rising star”.

“We have all been on TV for more than eight years so I don’t know why we are rising stars. I am surprised Gay Byrne was overlooked,” he joked.

"To be nominated by your peers is great but from the vote to come from the public is amazing. It's the only one that's come from the public. People like Angela Scanlon and Darren Kennedy have huge followings so I was shocked."

Miriam O’Callaghan arrived with her husband Steve Carson.

“I come to the IFTAs every year. Mainly because it’s very good friends and you meet everyone you work with,” she said.

 

Full list of winners:

 

MALE PERFORMANCE

Brendan O'Carroll - Mrs Browns Boys

REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL

First Dates Ireland - COCO Television

DOCUMENTARY SINGLE

I Am Immigrant - Motive Television

FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe

ENTERTAINMENT

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge

FACTUAL

Daniel & Majella's B&B Road Trip

CURRENT AFFAIRS

RTÉ Investigates - Standards in Public Office - RTÉ

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S

My Life Champion of the world - Tyrone Productions

ANIMATION

The Day Henry Met - Wiggleywoo Ltd

COMEDY

Bridget & Eamon

IRISH LANGUAGE

An Klondike - Abú Media

WRITER - SOAP AND COMEDY

Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe

EDITING - TELEVISION

Úna Ní Dhonghaile - An Innocent Man

SOUND - TELEVISION

Deoch an Dorais - Dean Jones, Colm O'Rourke and John Brennan

CAMERA - TELEVISION

Michael O’Donovan  - These Walls Can Talk

DIRECTOR - SOAP AND COMEDY

Jason Butler – Bridget & Eamon

DIRECTOR TELEVISION

Gerry Nelson – Wild Cities

DOCUMENTARY SERIES

1916: The Irish Rebellion - COCO Television

GALA TV RISING STAR WINNER

Al Porter

SPORTS

Hidden Impact: Rugby and Concussion -  Wildfire Films

NEWS

Ireland Live News @ 5:30 - Brexit Special - UTV

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats

LIVE EVENT

Centenary - RTÉ

SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA

Red Rock

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