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'It's a real honour to host the IFTAs', says Caroline

Caroline Morahan has been unveiled as the host of the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) awards ceremony later this month.

The event will see some of the country's top stars from the world of film and drama battle it out for the prestigious gongs.

The ceremony will take place at the Round Room of the Mansion House, and this year will be broadcast on TV3.

IFTA CEO Aine Moriarty said that Caroline has seen first hand the IFTA ceremony evolve from humble beginnings in 2003 and she has participated in many capacities over the years.


"She is a hugely talented actress of stage and screen and a seasoned TV presenter.

"Now based in Los Angeles, Caroline continues to be a great supporter of the home industry and is well loved by her peers for her vibrant, warm and witty personality," Ms Moriarty said.

"We look forward to Caroline hosting a great night of celebration of Irish film and drama."

Caroline (37) recently made her debut at the Abbey Theatre in the leading role of Miss Hardcastle in Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, which ran for six weeks.

"It's a real honour to have been asked to host the IFTA's," said Caroline.

"It is such an important and prestigious event celebrating a wealth of home-grown talent in the film and television industry," she said.

The IFTA awards will honour the finest work produced by Irish screen talent in the past 12 months.

TV3 will deliver coverage from the ceremony at an "awards special" programme which will be broadcast on Monday, May 25.

Among the shortlist of nominees are actors Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Jamie Dornan and Tom Vaughan Lawlor.

In addition, Deirdre O'Kane, Dearbhla Walsh, Sinead Cusack, Charlotte Bradley and Maria Doyle Kennedy are among the talented women who have been nominated for an award.

This year's ceremony will also see director Jim Sheridan receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

His career has spanned 30 years with credits that include My Left Foot, The Boxer, In the Name of the Father and The Field.

Technical problems blighted last year's ceremony, which was hosted by Laura Whitmore and Simon Delaney, attracting widespread criticism of the event.

It emerged recently that the Irish Film Board had slashed the funding for the upcoming IFTA's by two-thirds.