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Red Rock roars to the top of the 2016 IFTA TV Awards

Nominations for this year’s awards show were announced today.

Red Rock received 8 nominations.
Red Rock received 8 nominations.
Image: TV3

THE NOMINATIONS FOR this year’s IFTA Gala TV Awards have been released ahead of the red carpet show next month.

TV3′s Red Rock leads the way with eight nods overall ahead of Fair City with three nominations.

Other notable nominations go to Brendan O’Carroll for Mrs Brown’s Boys, Sharon Horgan for Catastrophe and to the Rubberbandits for their 1916 documentary.

The centenary celebrations feature heavily in the nominations with documentary series 1916 The Irish Rebellion up for three awards. Both RTÉ and TG4 are also nominated for their live coverage of commemorative events.

As well as a nomination for best drama and a number of directing nods, Red Rock’s cast are represented by two nominations each in the male and female categories.

Sean Mahon, Patrick Ryan, Andrea Irvine and Jane McGrath are all up for awards for the roles in the show.

The awards will be held in the Double Tree Hotel in Dublin on 7 October.

Some of the main nominations are as follows:


  • 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy (Sky One)
  • The Imelda May Show (RTÉ One)
  • Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge (RTÉ Two)
  • The Seven O’Clock Show (TV3)


  • Mrs Brown’s Boys  (RTÉ One/BBC)
  • Bridget and Eamon (RTÉ Two)
  • Apres Match Election ’82 (RTÉ Two)
  • The Rubberbandits’ Guide to 1916 (RTÉ Two)

Soap & Continuing Drama

  • Fair City (RTÉ One)
  • Ros na Rún (TG4)
  • Red Rock (TV3)


  • First Dates Ireland (RTÉ Two)
  • Operation Transformation (RTÉ One)
  • Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge  (TV3)
  • Toughest Place to Be (RTÉ One)

Documentary single

  • Children of the Revolution 
  • I Am Immigrant 
  • I Am Traveller 
  • Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide
  • The Story of Yes 

Documentary series

  • 1916 The Irish Rebellion 
  • Bas Na Saoirse 
  • Crumlin 
  • The Joy 


  • Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way 
  • Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip 
  • Ear to the Ground 
  • The Guards 

Current Affairs

  • Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland (BBC NI)
  • Claire Byrne Live – Leaders Debate (RTE One)
  • Vincent Browne’s The People’s Debate (TV3)
  • RTE’s Investigates Standards in Public Office

Male Performance

  • Sean Mahon – Red Rock 
  • Brendan O Carroll – Mrs. Brown’s Boys 
  • Patrick Ryan – Red Rock 
  • Karl Shiels – Fair City 
  • Chris Tordoff – Hardy Bucks 

Female performance

  • Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe 
  • Andrea Irvine – Red Rock 
  • Jane McGrath – Red Rock 
  • Aisling O’Neill – Fair City 
  • Jennifer Zamparelli – Bridget and Eamon 

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