Sunday 24 September 2017

LIVE: Red carpet arrivals at the 2017 IFTAs

Miriam O'Callaghan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Miriam O'Callaghan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

Melanie Finn and Sasha Brady

The red carpet has been rolled out at the Mansion House in Dublin for the 2017 IFTAs.

The 2017 Irish Film & Drama Awards Ceremony sees 29 awards up for grabs and 500 guests in attendance

Comedian Deirdre O'Kane will be MC, with help from some familiar faces.

Among those guest-presenting will be RTE's Miriam alongside Dancing With The Stars finalist Denise and Amy Huberman, whose RTE hit series Striking Out has been tipped for an award.

Amy Huberman arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin.
Amy Huberman arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin.
Amy Huberman arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Michael Chester
Miriam O'Callaghan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Elaine Crowley arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Lisa Cannon arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Denise McCormack arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Susan Lynch arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Colm Meaney with his wife Ines Glorian and daugter Ada arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Charleigh Murphy arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Susan Lynch arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Simone Kirby arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Presenter Deirdre O'Kane arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Charlie Murphy arrives at the 2017 IFTAs. Photo: Michael Chester
Jason O'Mara arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Clara Harte arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Tom Vaughan Lawlor arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Amy-Joyce Hastings arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Jim Sheridan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester
Caroline Grace Cassidy arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Peter Coonan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Lisa Carey arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Caoilfhionn Dunne arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Fionnuala O'Flanagan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

Also taking to the stage to hand out a coveted trophy will be James Nesbitt and Colm Meaney alongside Patrick Bergin as well as Love/Hate's Aoibhinn McGinnity and Peter Coonan.

The event will be recorded by RTE, but the programme will not be aired until Tuesday. Last year's event was filmed by TV3.

Asked how she felt about presenting the ceremony, Deirdre said she "loved" doing it last year and betrayed few signs of nerves about the task ahead.

"The more you know that beast, the more you can do it," she said.

"It's a tough room, it's an industry room.

"But, look, I'm all over that industry because I have a finger in every single part of it, from producing to film and TV and then I can host it because I'm a comic.

"I'm not nervous, I'm excited about it."

Also up for awards are Colin Farrell for Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them and Jamie Dornan for The Siege Of Jadotville. Oscar nominee Ruth Negga has been nominated for her lead role in Loving, while Seana Kerslake has been given the nod for A Date For Mad Mary.

Harry Potter's Michael Gambon will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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