Mullagh’s Marty Morrissey has been named as the Presenter of the Year at the IFTA Awards.
In the only category decided by public vote, the RTÉ broadcaster beat off competition from Graham Norton, Miriam O’Callaghan, Ryan Tubridy, Karen Koster, Elaine Crowley, Hector Ó hEochagáin, Matt Cooper, Christine Lampard and Sharon Ní Bheoláin.
Taking to Twitter, Marty described the occasion as “one of the best nights in my life” and extended his appreciation to all those that voted for him online. “From the bottom of my heart please let me thank you People of Ireland who voted for me in the Gala IFTA TV Presenter of the Year. To be nominated was brilliant but to win is incredible! Can’t believe it but thank you & thank you IFTA”.
Earlier this year, he appeared on Dancing with the Stars and the show won in the best entertainment category.
The list of IFTA Gala winners were:
Dancing with the Stars (ShinaWil)
Derry Girls (Hat Trick / Channel 4)
Room to Improve (Coco Television)
John Connors: The Travellers (Scratch Films / RTE)
Shaw: My Astonishing Self (Animo TV / RTE)
SOAP / CONTINUING DRAMA
Red Rock (TV3)
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe ((Merman & Avalon TV / Channel 4))
Chris Walley, The Young Offenders (Vico Films/ BBC3/RTE)
TG4XX BEO (Gifted Empire/TG4)
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED REALITY
Gogglebox Ireland (Kite Entertainment / TV3)
Fairytale of New York (RTE)
Crash and Burn (DotTV/RTE)
RTE Investigates – Nightmare to Let
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S – LIVE ACTION
Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes (Firebrand/RTE)
ANIMATION –CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Lily’s Driftwood Bay (Sixteen South)
Fir Bolg (Dearg Films / TG4)
Peter Foott, The Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)
Lisa McGee, Derry Girls (Hat Trick/Channel 4)
Garry Keane, Deafening (Mind the Gap / RTE)
Domenico Pontillo, Wild Ireland – the Edge of the World (Crossing the Line / BBC NI/TG4)
Bob Caldwell, Pearl Harbor The Heroes Who Fought Back (360 Productions / Discovery)
Fiachra O’Hanlon and Killian Fitzgerald Pearl Harbour The Heroes who Fought Back (360 Productions / Discovery)