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Celine Dion sends best wishes as Pat Kenny picks up IFTA Lifetime Achievement gong

Brendan O’Carroll and Sharon Horgan were also big winners at the TV awards.

PAT KENNY PICKED up a Lifetime Achievement award and TV3′s Red Rock was among the big winners as the IFTA TV awards took place last night at the DoubleTree Hotel on Dublin’s Upper Leeson Street.

In what was perhaps an unexpected move, the video package played in advance of Kenny’s acceptance speech included a greeting from singer Celine Dion.

The Canadian star’s inclusion makes a little more sense if you take into account that Dion won the Eurovision back in 1988 (for Switzerland), when Kenny co-presented the contest from the RDS.

pat3 Pat Kenny and Céline, back in '88 Source: RTÉ

Enda Kenny (no relation, we assume) and his former RTÉ colleagues Ryan Tubridy and Dave Fanning also sent tributes to the broadcaster, who now helms a weekday show on Newstalk, and began a new weekly current affairs programme on TV3 this week.

Last evening’s ceremony will be shown on TV3 tomorrow night.

Who else won? 

Other big winners on the night were Brendan O’Carroll, for his role in Mrs Brown’s Boys; Sharon Horgan, who picked up two awards including a Best Writer nod for Channel 4′s Catastrophe and comedian Al Porter, who was named as the ‘Rising Star’.

The Liam Neeson-narrated 1916: The Irish Rebellion was the big winner in the documentary category.

Here is a list of the winners:

MALE PERFORMANCE Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Browns Boys


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

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


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


Here are some of the sights of the night:

07/10/2016. IFTA Awards . Pictured is Miriam O'Cal Miriam O'Callaghan Source:

07/10/2016. IFTA Awards . Pictured is Lucy Kennedy Lucy Kennedy and Jedward Source:

07/10/2016. IFTA Awards . Pictured is Pat Kenny an Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy. Source:

Read: More than 180,000 people tuned in for Pat Kenny’s return to TV >

Read: Pat Kenny’s new TV3 show had a nightmare with its Twitter handle last night >

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