Pat Kenny receives Ifta award for lifetime achievement
Winning TV shows include ‘Daniel & Majella’s B&B Road Trip’ and ‘The Day Henry Met’
Pat and Kathy Kenny arriving at the Irish Film and Television Academy awards (Iftas), being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw
Pat Kenny was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Irish Film and Television Academy’s (IFTA) Gala television awards tonight, joining a pantheon of past recipients including Gay Byrne and Neil Jordan.
Early winners among the 23 categories included Daniel & Majella’s B&B Road Trip in the factual category, The Day Henry Met for animation and Bridget and Eamon for comedy.
Other categories ranged from soap to documentary and news programmes to sports.
Popular broadcasters present
Presented by Amanda Byram, the event in Dublin’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel was attended by some of the country’s most popular broadcasters and performers, including Miriam O’Callaghan, Bob Geldof, Brendan O’Carroll, Pat Shortt and Olivia O’Leary.
This is the second year the Academy has hosted a standalone ceremony devoted solely to television, following organisational and production difficulties with the previous format.
Film and drama achievements were recognised in a separate ceremony earlier this year. This year’s nominees featured many programmes devised specifically for the centenary commemorations of 1916, with RTE’s live coverage of the state ceremonies competing with its spectacular Centenary show from the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for the Best Live Event award.
Pat Kenny, who returned to primetime television this week with a new current affairs show on TV3, was presented with the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Irish broadcasting over almost five decades. Previous recipients include Gay Byrne, Maureen O’Hara, Neil Jordan and, Niall Toibín.
TG4, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, was recognised for its contribution to Irish television and the Irish language with a special award for commissioning director Mícheál Ó Meallaigh.
Brendan O’Carroll - Mrs Brown’s 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: