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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Hollywood hitters Farrell and Fassbender return home to attend 'Irish Oscars'

Laura Butler and Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 05/04/2014 | 19:04

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They've become Hollywood royalty but there's nothing more fun than coming home for Irish heartthrobs Colin Farrell and Michael Fassbender.

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The two leading actors led the way at the 11th annual IFTAs in Dublin, looking dashing as they made their way up the red carpet.

Kerryman Fassbender, who brought his parents to the event, told Independent.ie that he couldnt wait to catch up with the rest of the nominees.

The 37-year-old said he tries to get home as often as he can.

"I'm really excited to be back and make the most of the night," the 12 Years A Slave star said.

Colin Farrell took time out of shooting down in Co Kerry, where he is filming The Lobster.

"It's one of the most challenging and different roles I've ever taken on," he told Independent.ie.

Grainne and Sile Seoige pictured at the IFTA.  They are both wearing a designs from Kerryman Don O'Neill based in New York and the label is Theia.  Picture;  GERRY MOONEY
Grainne and Sile Seoige pictured at the IFTA. They are both wearing a designs from Kerryman Don O'Neill based in New York and the label is Theia. Picture; GERRY MOONEY
Peter Coonan from Love/Hate and his pregnant girlfriend Kim ODriscoll arrive for the IFTAs  Irish Film and Television Awards at The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 5 April 2014. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.
Peter Coonan from Love/Hate and his pregnant girlfriend Kim ODriscoll arrive for the IFTAs Irish Film and Television Awards at The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 5 April 2014. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.
iftas  Charlie Murphy.  picture Tony Gavin
Charlie Murphy

"Working in Kerry is amazing. Every morning when I wake up and open the curtains I'm completely taken aback by the view. And the crew are just fantastic."

The IFTAs, one of Ireland's premiere red carpet events has attracted Ireland's most prestigious names in the industry.

The red carpet affair has attracted hundreds of our finest talent in their glad rags while they vie for a prestigious award.

Yet there were some noticeably absent faces on the night.

Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson are currently working on Brooklyn in Wexford and did not make it back to Dublin for the bash.

Neither did Sinead Cusack - her husband Jeremy Irons attended alone.

The adorable young cast of Moone Boy also made an appearance on the red carpet, although star Chris O'Dowd was unable to make it.

President Michael D Higgins was among the VIPs in attendance, as was his wife Sabina.

Steve Coogan, who starred in the Irish made Philomena, Irish stylist Angela Scanlon and broadcaster Ryan Tubridy also added to the VIP guest list.

Hosts Laura Whitmore and Simon Delaney both spoke of their excitement at leading tonight's glamorous event.

The name of the game was Irish fashion as style star and Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Huberman wore a nude dress by Helen Cody with her brother Paul as her date.

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