Winners of the 2015 IFTA Gala Television Awards have been announced at a glittering Ceremony at Double Tree Hotel in Dublin
The TV winners of the 2015 IFTA Gala Television Awards were revealed tonight at a TV star-studded Awards ceremony at the Double Tree Hilton Ballroom where the cream of Irish television were in attendance to mark and celebrate the highest standard of output of Irish television programming of the past twelve months with the strong support of Gala Retail as the headline sponsor of the Awards Ceremony.
The event was hosted by Chief Executive of the Irish Film and Television Academy, Áine Moriarty, who congratulated all winners and nominees working in the Irish television industry. IFTA welcomed those working in television in front of and behind the screen, television directors, writers, actors and producers whose work was showcased throughout the evening. The IFTA Gala Television Awards is the showcase of Ireland’s television industry calendar and celebrate the very best of Irish television across all TV Programming from entertainment, comedy, Soap and Performance to factual, current affairs and news across all of the Irish broadcasters RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3, 3e, TG4, Sky, UTV and BBC Northern Ireland.
The IFTA Gala Television Awards saw Brendan O Carroll receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy following the worldwide success of award-winning Mrs Browns Boys, presented in a moving tribute by Gay Byrne, one of the first broadcasters to bring Brendan to our screens many years ago – the tribute included messages from Roddy Doyle, Joe Duffy, John McColgan, Rory Cowen, Jason Byrne and many more.
Speaking about the awards IFTA CEO Áine Moriarty said: “The Academy is delighted to put the spotlight on Irish television with a dedicated Ceremony to celebrate television production. The Nominees and Winners tonight demonstrate clearly that Irish creative TV talent consistently delivers the highest standard of television programming to audience in Ireland and around the world.”
Hosted by actress and television presenter, Amanda Byram, the Awards Ceremony will be televised on TV3 on Friday 23rd October 2015 at 9pm.
Gala Retail are the official title Sponsor of the IFTA Gala Television Awards.
Guest presenters included Miriam O Callaghan, Rachel Wyse, Ronan Keating, Imelda May, Kathryn Thomas, Maria Walsh, Barry Murphy, Republic of Telly’s Kevin McGahern, Vogue Williams and Andy Quirke, Emmerdale’s John Bowe & Bhasker Patel Amanda Brunker, Brent Pope, UTV’s Alison Comyn, Tristan Rosenstock (TG4), Martin King and Lucy Kennedy, Colette Fitzpatrick, Jedward, Karen Koster and Anna Daly.
Among those in attendance celebrating the industry included Rory Cowen (Mrs Browns Boys), Jennifer Gibney & Danny O Carroll (Mrs. Browns Boys), Deirdre O Kane, Victoria Smurfit, Rosanna Davison & Wes Quirke, Gay Byrne, Nadia Forde, Baz & Nancy Ashmawy, Anthony Murnane, Bryan Dobson, Sharon Ní Bheolain, David Rawle and Ian O Reilly, Norma Sheahan from Moone Boy, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Lorraine Keane, Matt Cooper, Cathy Belton and Jane McGrath, Enda Oates and Martina Stanley (Fair City); Catherine Fulvio, Brendan Courtney, David Brophy (High Hopes Choir conductor), Jenny Buckley (UTV); Sean Mahon (Red Rock), Norah Casey, Anna Daly (TV3); Joe Duffy (RTE), Mairéad Ni Chuaig (TG4), Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin, Darren Kennedy, Lisa Cannon (TV3), Elaine Crowley, Second Captains Live (Mark Horgan & Ken Early), Sinead Kennedy and Eoghan McDermott.
This year TV3 will deliver coverage of all the excitement around the Red Carpet, Nominees, Special Guests, Backstage interviews, and Winners from the Ceremony in an exclusive (non-live) one hour ‘Awards Special’ programme broadcast on TV3 at 9pm on Friday 23rd October.
FULL 2015 IFTA GALA TELEVISION WINNERS’ LIST:
Mrs Browns Boys
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy
MALE PERFORMANCE IN SOAP OR COMEDY
Enda Oates, Fair City
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN SOAP OR COMEDY
Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe
The High Hopes Choir
Close to Evil
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA
BBC Newsline: The Death of Ian Paisley
Inside Bungalow 3 – RTÉ Investigations Unit
Cumann na mBan - Mná na Réabhlóide
Arkle – The Legend Lives On
CHILDRENS/YOUNG PEOPLES – LIVE ACTION
ANIMATION – CHILDRENS/YOUNG PEOPLES
Lily’s Driftwood Bay
Corp is Anam
Lisa Mulcahy, Red Rock
WRITER SOAP / COMEDY
Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe
Liam McGrath, Dolores Keane – A Storm in the Heart
John Brennan and Mark Henry, Ceolchuairt
Mick Mahon, Rough Rider
Colm Whelan, Aille an Ufais/A Terrible Beauty
PEOPLE’S CHOICE TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Red RockView full list of Winners 2015