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Marty chosen as Presenter of the Year

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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:
ENTERTAINMENT
Dancing with the Stars (ShinaWil)
COMEDY
Derry Girls (Hat Trick / Channel 4)
FACTUAL
Room to Improve (Coco Television)
DOCUMENTARY SERIES
John Connors: The Travellers (Scratch Films / RTE)
DOCUMENTARY SINGLE
Shaw: My Astonishing Self (Animo TV / RTE)
SOAP / CONTINUING DRAMA
Red Rock (TV3)
FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe ((Merman & Avalon TV / Channel 4))
MALE PERFORMANCE
Chris Walley, The Young Offenders (Vico Films/ BBC3/RTE)
LIVE EVENT
TG4XX BEO (Gifted Empire/TG4)
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED REALITY
Gogglebox Ireland (Kite Entertainment / TV3)
SPECIALIST FACTUAL
Fairytale of New York (RTE)
SPORTS
Crash and Burn (DotTV/RTE)
CURRENT AFFAIRS
RTE Investigates – Nightmare to Let
NEWS
BBC Newsline
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S – LIVE ACTION
Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes (Firebrand/RTE)
ANIMATION –CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Lily’s Driftwood Bay (Sixteen South)
IRISH LANGUAGE
Fir Bolg (Dearg Films / TG4)
DIRECTOR COMEDY/SOAP
Peter Foott, The Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)
WRITER COMEDY/SOAP
Lisa McGee, Derry Girls (Hat Trick/Channel 4)
DIRECTOR TELEVISION
Garry Keane, Deafening (Mind the Gap / RTE)
CAMERA TELEVISION
Domenico Pontillo, Wild Ireland – the Edge of the World (Crossing the Line / BBC NI/TG4)
EDITING TELEVISION
Bob Caldwell, Pearl Harbor The Heroes Who Fought Back (360 Productions / Discovery)
SOUND TELEVISION
Fiachra O’Hanlon and Killian Fitzgerald Pearl Harbour The Heroes who Fought Back (360 Productions / Discovery)

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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