IFTA TV awards: ‘Derry Girls’, ‘Young Offenders’ among winners
Broadcaster Shay Healy also received a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony
Shay Healy receives a lifetime achievement award on stage at the IFTA Gala Television Awards in the RDS. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien
Broadcaster Shay Healy received a lifetime achievement award at the IFTA Gala Television Awards on Thursday night.
Healy is best known as the songwriter who composed Ireland’s winning entry in the 1980 Eurovision, What’s Another Year, and for his role as the host on the chat show Nighthawks from 1988 to 1992.
Presented by comedian Jason Byrne, the ceremony took place at the RDS Concert Hall.
Northern Irish Troubles comedy Derry Girls won the Comedy award, in a category which included The Young Offenders, Bridget and Eamon and Mrs Brown’s Boys.
Sharon Horgan won the award for Female Performance in a category which included Cathy Belton (Red Rock), Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope Won’t Cope), Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Derry Girls) and Hilary Rose (Young Offenders).
Dancing with the Stars
RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars won in the Entertainment category, seeing off competition from Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge, Ireland’s Got Talent and The Tommy Tiernan Show.
Dermot Bannon’s home improvement show Room to Improve won in the Factual category, where it was up against Creedon’s Shannon, Hector Central, and Schizophrenia: The Voices in My Head.
TV3’s Red Rock won best soap or continuing drama, while Gogglebox Ireland was named best reality TV programme.