The 2016 Irish film & drama Awards rolled into town last Saturday night and with this year being especially strong for Irish film worldwide, the awards were welcomed with huge hype and excitement! Taking place in the beautiful Mansion House, the Kennedy PR + Brand team had the pleasure of working alongside the IFTA team for this very special evening.
The red carpet was laid out early Saturday afternoon and an immediate crowd gathered to await the arrival of the star-studded nominees and guest presenters line-up. Obviously everyone wanted to hear what Liam Neeson had to say as he was there on the night to receive an Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award which was presented to him by President Michael D Higgins. The president even managed to squeeze a quote in from Neeson’s iconic movie role in ‘Taken’. Neeson didn’t disappoint and spent over an hour chatting to fans and press on the red carpet.
April showers did not stop the glamour that rocked the red carpet. Our own personal favourites were Amy Huberman who wore a floral and mesh calf-length dress by Turkish designer Umit Kutluk, and the stunning LA based Victoria Smurfit, in a warm cream layered gown by Alice + Olivia. Many Irish designers were supported on the red carpet including Louise Kennedy and Don O’Neill, and Charlie Murphy wowed the crowd in a stunning black vintage swing dress which she has charitably donated to Down Syndrome Ireland as part of the Buy My Dress Campaign.
The 500 guests were seated in the Round Room as host Deirdre O’Kane kicked-off the ceremony. We saw many heart throbs presenting and winning awards including Chris O’Dowd, Moe Dunford, Clive Standen and Jack Reynor not to mention the stunning female nominees and winners Sarah Greene, Evanna Lynch, Charlie Murphy and Ruth Bradley.
Roma Downey was presented with the Irish Diaspora Award for her outstanding work as a humanitarian by musician and political activist Bob Geldof, who was more than generous with his time to press and fans on the red carpet.
Other stars we spotted enjoying the night included our TV3 favourites Lisa Cannon, Aisling O’Loughlin and Debbie O’Donnell as well as the An Klondike gang who walked away with three awards including Best Actor for Dara Devaney. Room was the big winner on the night taking home seven awards including Best Script for Emma Donohue who adorably bought her two young children up on stage to thank them for their continued support.
Mo Kelly took to the decks to close out the night and to mark a truly special evening for Irish film in Ireland!
For a full list of IFTA 2016 winners head to: http://ifta.ie/awards/nominees_2016/index.html