'Game of Thrones' leads Irish charge for Emmys
'GAME of Thrones' is leading the Irish charge at this year's Emmy Awards with 16 nominations.
The outlandish spectacle of HBO's fantasy series will go up against 'Breaking Bad', 'Downton Abbey', 'Homeland', 'House Of Cards' and 'Mad Men' for the Best Drama Series title.
'Game Of Thrones', which stars Irish actors Ciaran Hinds, Aidan Gillen and Liam Cunningham, received the second-highest nomination count, just one behind 'American Horror Story: Asylum.'
It also has nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama categories, with Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in the running.
Also up for a gong at the ceremony are filmmaker Neil Jordan's recently axed series 'The Borgias'.
IFTA-winning documentary 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God' and the 10-part production 'Vikings' starring Gabriel Byrne are also nominated.
'The Borgias' has been shortlisted for six awards while 'Mea Maxima Culpa' is up for five.
'Vikings', which was filmed entirely in Co Wicklow, is in the running for Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
Netflix, a web-only channel, has made Emmy history this year with three shows nominated: 'Arrested Development', 'Hemlock Grove' and 'House of Cards'.