Saturday 18 November 2017

Brendan 'celebrates in his PJs' after receiving gong at IFTAs

Brendan O’Carroll and Jenny Gibney with Jedward on the red carpet at the IFTA Awards last night
Brendan O’Carroll and Jenny Gibney with Jedward on the red carpet at the IFTA Awards last night

Elaine McCahill

He might have received a Lifetime Achievement Award but Brendan O'Carroll said he "still feels 25".

The 'Mrs Brown's Boys' creator accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at the inaugural IFTA Gala Television Awards in Dublin last night.

"You haven't seen anything yet," he told the Irish Independent.

"Everybody in this country is aware how long it took us to get where we are and what went into it - and for someone to say 'well done' means a lot to us," added the Dubliner.

"I feel 25, but we'll be celebrating with pyjamas and a cup of tea - we're not the ravers we used to be."

Elsewhere, Miriam O'Callaghan wandered up the red carpet in a sequinned gown from Cari's Closet and finally claimed her crown as the "busiest woman in Ireland".

"I came from Belfast this morning, because I'm doing a big documentary project between RTÉ and the BBC, and I've just come from a school meeting for one of my sons," she said.

"I'm presenting the award, then I'm launching a book for the Laura Lynn Hospice - and then I'm going in to present 'Prime Time'.

"People are always saying, 'she's the busiest woman in Ireland', and today I actually am," she added.

When it came to red carpet style, MC on the night Amanda Byram stole the show in a wedding dress by London designer Elizabeth Stuart.

The awards came in for some criticism last year but Amanda said separate ceremonies for film and TV show the wealth of talent in Ireland.

"Splitting it in two is a true testament to how brilliant our industry is," she said.

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh stepped out in a more daring look by donning an off-the-shoulder bright yellow dress by Australia designer Chic.

'Red Rock' was the big winner at the ceremony as TV3's Irish-made soap scooped three gongs.

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

Rugby-pundit-turned-presenter Brent Pope was shaking off the disappointment of Ireland's exit from the Rugby World Cup.

"The game against France took a lot out of them but, saying that, it was disappointing that they limped out of the competition," he said.

Other attendees included broadcaster Joe Duffy, Ronan and Storm Keating and Imelda May.

Winners on the night included Sharon Horgan for 'Best Female Performance in a Soap or Drama' in her hit show 'Catastrophe', 'Best Single Documentary' went to 'Close to Evil', and RTÉ's 'Connected' won Best Reality Show.

Irish Independent

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