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Colin snubbing the IFTAs? No way say the event organisers

Reports that superstar Colin Farrell (33) will be snubbing next week's Irish Film and TV Awards (IFTAs) have been rubbished.

It was claimed that despite being nominated in the Best Actor in a Lead Role category for his acclaimed stint in Neil Jordan's Ondine, the same movie which led to him meeting partner Alicja Bachleda, he would not be attending.

However a spokesperson for the event -- which takes place at the Burlington Hotel on February 20 -- has said that according to the star's agent, he is definitely attending the bash.

"I can confirm that Colin Farrell is attending the IFTA awards Ceremony and he is delighted with his nomination. He has been confirmed to attend the ceremony for about a month now," she stated.

Next week will see Farrell jetting into the capital city with his other half, who gave birth to their young son Henry last October. He will be attending the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which will open with the European premiere of his new film on February 18. Farrell is widely expected to walk home with the award at the IFTA's next week, judging by the reviews of his new film, which tells the tale of a fisherman who nets a beautiful nymph in his fishing net.

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The Castleknock native has been installed as the 13/8 favourite to win the award while last year's Rising Star Award winner Saoirse Ronan is hotly tipped at 5/4 to bag the Best Actress award for The Lovely Bones.

Although Ondine won't be released until next month, a trailer of the movie has already been posted on the Internet so fans of the star can check it out in advance.

Farrell joined forces with Oscar-nominee Saoirse last year to film The Way Back, an epic World War II saga based on best-selling book The Long Walk.

Australian director Peter Weir, who has hits such as The Truman Show and Master and Commander under his belt, shot the feature in Bulgaria, Morocco and India.

Focusing on the escape to India of a group of inmates from one of Stalin's Siberian gulags, the story has been adapted from Slawomir Rawicz's acclaimed book.


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