In Pictures: Irish stars light up red carpet at annual IFTA TV Awards
RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor, comedienne Sharon Horgan, crooner Daniel O’Donnell and King of camp comedy Al Porter picked up shiny statuettes at the 2016 IFTA Gala Television Awards.
Despite gracing our TV screens for five decades, evergreen broadcaster Pat Kenny insisted he was still surprised to have secured the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award.
“I don’t feel old enough to get it,” he said before adding “though I am in very good company so it is a huge honour.”
In a video segment Kenny’s colleagues congratulated him on his win.
Kenny was surprised when singer Celine Dion appeared on screen - Kenny hosted the Eurovision with Michelle Rocca the year Dion won.
It was a good night for celebrity maître d’ Mateo Saina who was delighted when First Dates picked up the Best Reality show.
Best factual award went to Daniel and Majella for their B&B Road Trip.
Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge was named Best Entertainment at last night’s ceremony.
Sharon Horgan was named Best Female Performance for her role in Catastrophe while Brendan O’Carroll got the gong for Best Male Performance for Mrs Brown’s Boys.
The evening was hosted by Amanda Byram.
The red carpet was rolled out early with TV stars including Sir Bob Geldof, RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan, Claire Byrne, Lucy Kennedy and Vogue Williams posing for the cameras outside the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Vogue Williams, Angela Scanlon, Al Porter, Republic of Telly’s Kevin McGahern, Movie Show host Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghail and Darren Kennedy were all nominated in the Rising Star category.
However, Tallaght man Al (23) questioned if any of the group could be described as a “rising star”.
“We have all been on TV for more than eight years so I don’t know why we are rising stars. I am surprised Gay Byrne was overlooked,” he joked.
"To be nominated by your peers is great but from the vote to come from the public is amazing. It's the only one that's come from the public. People like Angela Scanlon and Darren Kennedy have huge followings so I was shocked."
Miriam O’Callaghan arrived with her husband Steve Carson.
“I come to the IFTAs every year. Mainly because it’s very good friends and you meet everyone you work with,” she said.
Full list of winners:
Brendan O'Carroll - Mrs Browns Boys
REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
First Dates Ireland - COCO Television
I Am Immigrant - Motive Television
Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe
Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge
Daniel & Majella's B&B Road Trip
RTÉ Investigates - Standards in Public Office - RTÉ
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S
My Life Champion of the world - Tyrone Productions
The Day Henry Met - Wiggleywoo Ltd
Bridget & Eamon
An Klondike - Abú Media
WRITER - SOAP AND COMEDY
Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe
EDITING - TELEVISION
Úna Ní Dhonghaile - An Innocent Man
SOUND - TELEVISION
Deoch an Dorais - Dean Jones, Colm O'Rourke and John Brennan
CAMERA - TELEVISION
Michael O’Donovan - These Walls Can Talk
DIRECTOR - SOAP AND COMEDY
Jason Butler – Bridget & Eamon
Gerry Nelson – Wild Cities
1916: The Irish Rebellion - COCO Television
GALA TV RISING STAR WINNER
Hidden Impact: Rugby and Concussion - Wildfire Films
Ireland Live News @ 5:30 - Brexit Special - UTV
A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats
Centenary - RTÉ
SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA