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This year's IFTA nominations prove Ireland is teeming with talent – despite one glaring omission

Paul Whitington


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Saoirse Ronan, who has already won nine IFTAs, is nominated this year for her turn in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Saoirse Ronan, who has already won nine IFTAs, is nominated this year for her turn in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Saoirse Ronan, who has already won nine IFTAs, is nominated this year for her turn in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

If the aim of IFTA’s nomination announcement was to attract attention through controversy, they’ve done brilliantly.

Produced by Irish company Element and co-directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Normal People was the TV event of the lockdown, a superbly conceived and executed adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel that would, in other years, have massively boosted Sligo tourism. A shoo-in for a bag of IFTAs, you’d think, particularly when you consider the performances of its stars, Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones.


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