IFTA award win for 'Daniel & Majella’s B&B Road Trip'

Donegal links to a star studded night at the Irish Film and Television Academy’s (IFTA) Gala television awards

Michael Daly

Reporter:

Michael Daly

 IFTA award  win for 'Daniel & Majella’s B&B Road Trip'

Daniel and Majella O’Donnell were celebrating an IFTA award at the Irish Film and Television Academy’s (IFTA) Gala television awards last night.

Daniel & Majella’s B&B Road Trip in the factual category.

At the glitzy ceremony, to be televised tonight by TV3, there was another Donegal connection  when Mícheál Ó Meallaigh, a native of Lettermacaward, was honoured with an IFTA award for his Outstanding Contribution to the television industry and to the Irish language.

Ó Meallaigh is  TG4’s Commissioning Director. Last night the Irish Film & Television Academy presented him with an Irish Academy Award for Outstanding Contribution, as part of IFTA's celebration of TG4's 20th anniversary of broadcasting.

Micheál has been described as “a visionary and pro-active giant of the Irish language”.


Meanwhile there was no statuette this time  for former winner, Donegal director Garry Keane, who was nominated in two categories. Keane, from Ballyshannon, who has had an IFTA nomination for the last eight years in a row, had suspected himself that he would do well to win such was the level of competition in the categories he was nominated in.


Pat Kenny was awarded a lifetime achievement while RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor, comedienne Sharon Horgan, and King of camp comedy Al Porter were among other winners at the awards.


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.

The winners were:

MALE PERFORMANCE

Brendan O'Carroll - Mrs Browns Boys

REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL

First Dates Ireland - COCO Television

DOCUMENTARY SINGLE

I Am Immigrant - Motive Television

FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe

ENTERTAINMENT

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge

FACTUAL

Daniel & Majella's B&B Road Trip

CURRENT AFFAIRS

RTÉ Investigates - Standards in Public Office - RTÉ

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S

My Life Champion of the world - Tyrone Productions

ANIMATION

The Day Henry Met - Wiggleywoo Ltd

COMEDY

Bridget & Eamon

IRISH LANGUAGE

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

DIRECTOR TELEVISION

Gerry Nelson – Wild Cities

DOCUMENTARY SERIES

1916: The Irish Rebellion - COCO Television

GALA TV RISING STAR WINNER

Al Porter

SPORTS

Hidden Impact: Rugby and Concussion -  Wildfire Films

NEWS

Ireland Live News @ 5:30 - Brexit Special - UTV

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats

LIVE EVENT

Centenary - RTÉ

SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA

Red Rock