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Ryan's daughter tells of joy as her late father honoured at IFTAs

THE daughter of broadcaster Gerry Ryan last night spoke of her pride after her late father was honoured at the annual Irish Film and Television Awards.

Despite a long career on Irish TV, the late 53-year-old RTE personality failed to win a single award from the academy during his lifetime, receiving just one nomination in 2003 for the 'Ryan Confidential' interview with film star Colin Farrell.

However, that changed on Saturday night when his daughter Lottie Ryan took to the stage of the new Convention Centre in Dublin to accept an award on his behalf for 'Operation Transformation', which won Best Factual Programme.

"My dad put his heart and soul into this programme so this is pretty amazing.

"He really revelled in that. I am particularly proud of him, and happy for him and all the crew tonight, so thank you very much," Lottie added.

But the 25-year-old, who presents a showbiz slot on RTE TV's 'Daily Show', was also working at the ceremony, interviewing her dad's former RTE colleagues on the red carpet outside.

Lottie said: "It was a little bit weird because I could see the odd person giving me the funny look but I was on cloud nine having a great time, interviewing Kim Cattrall and Pierce Brosnan.

"It was great to be working here and for dad to have won an award was the icing on the cake."

Another recipient picking up an IFTA for the first time was Irish actress Amy Huberman.

Having been nominated three times for supporting roles, the 30-year-old finally scooped the more prestigious Actress in a Lead Role category for playing a recovering addict in Irish thriller 'Rewind'.

"Up 'til now always the bridesmaid and never the bride but there you go, at last my first IFTA," joked Amy.

Carlow's Saoirse Ronan won an IFTA as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the film 'The Way Back'.

"This is my fifth IFTA so my dad said I should call it my 'Fiftha'."

The ceremony was not without controversy.


Limerick rappers Rubberbandits, who won the 'RTE Guide Best TV Moment Of 2010' for their 'Horse Outside' video, accused organisers of cutting their acceptance speech.

"We didn't attend the IFTAs so instead we gave them a 30-second video clip of us accepting the award. It outlined all the people we wanted to thank but they wouldn't broadcast it. They showed only six seconds of the wrong clip," Rubberbandits member Blind Boy Boatclub told the Irish Independent.

Many guests had complained about the length of proceedings, including 'Sex and the City' star Kim Cattrall who joined fellow actress Joely Richardson and singer Joss Stone presenting Irish producer Morgan O'Sullivan with the Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award.

Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, who jetted in from the US to attend the ceremony, won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for playing a British PM in Roman Polanski's film 'The Ghost'.

RTE 'Off The Rails' presenter Brendan Courtney, who attended with a black eye, confirmed to the Irish Independent last night he would be reporting an incident in which he was assaulted on Georges Street last Friday night to gardai.

The 38-year-old said he had been attacked by an unknown assailant while out with friends.

Irish Independent