Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards held on Saturday Feb 11th. Special mention to all those with a strong Galway connection including Lelia Doolan who won the GEORGE MORRISON FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD for Bernadette; Notes on a Political Journey. Lelia collected the award with her editor, Gordon Bruic. Also present were Paddy Hayes and Darach Mac Con Iomaire from Magamedia who picked up the SPECIAL IRISH LANGUAGE AWARD for Corp + Anam.
One of the biggest winners on the night was The Guard, which of course was shot mainly in Galway, which picked up five awards including Best Film, Director Film, Script Film, Best Supporting Actress and the IFB Rising Star Award. Another big winner was Love/Hate, which received seven awards and several recipients paid tribute to the excellent work of Casting Director, Maureen Hughes who began her career in Druid many years ago.
Interestingly Corp + Anam, The Guard and Love/Hate were all supplied with lighting equipment and generators by Teach Solais in Connemara. Teach Solais was the sole lighting contractor on these productions so congratulations to Cian de Buitléar and his crew of Mícheál Ó Mógáin. John Martin Ó Flathártha, Padraic Ó Fathartha and Dáithí Ó Mainín for keeping these shows on the road.
Special mention should also be given to Anna Rackard who won the PRODUCTION DESIGN (FILM / TV DRAMA) for her work on Stella Days. Anna facilitated the Galway Film Centre / FÁS Screen Training Ireland workshop with the creative design team behind the film, Moon which was held in Galway on February 10th.