Monday 21 October 2019

Irish stars shocked as MAC goodie bags worth hundreds go missing at the IFTAs

Amanda Byram hosted the IFTAs. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Amanda Byram hosted the IFTAs. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Kathryn Thomas at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel

Elaine McCahill

Ireland's rich and famous were out in force at the inaugural IFTA Gala TV Awards on Thursday night - but some were left disappointed when their goodie bags went missing.

TV3 press officer Sharon McHugh was unimpressed when the MAC goodie bags at her table were nowhere to be seen at the end of the night.

Guests from the station on the night included Anna Daly, Karen Koster and Lucy Kennedy.

A spokesperson for IFTA said they were "unaware of the issue" at the awards, which were held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Ballsbridge.

Kathryn Thomas at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel
Kathryn Thomas at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel

"People were shocked because essentially it's a high-end event," a source told the Herald.

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"Most of these people can well afford to buy their own products but it's nice to get some freebies and the bags were filled with loads of products from Mac.

"There were at least 10 products in the bags including powders, blushers, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara - that's worth a few hundred quid.

Sinead Desmond at the IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel
Sinead Desmond at the IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel

"You just don't expect it to happen with the calibre of guests that were there. It doesn't happen at the VIP Style Awards. One of the security team said it happened to loads of people," the source added.

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Following criticism last year, IFTA decided to hold two separate ceremonies, one for film and drama and the other for TV.

There was plenty of glamour and gossip on the red carpet with Rosanna Davison turning plenty of heads in a daring black sheer dress.

Miriam O'Callaghan at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel
Miriam O'Callaghan at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel

However, the former Miss World wasn't expecting a fan to ask her to sign a naked picture from her shoot for the German edition of Playboy magazine.

Elsewhere, Alan Cantwell was delighted to be back with the TV3 crew as he caught up with Midday presenter Elaine Crowley and their colleagues.

Meanwhile, Damo & Ivor star Andy Quirke stepped out with his stunning girlfriend Grace Power for the first time at the awards.

It's believed he has been seeing the Tipperary native for more than a year.

Herald

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