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The IFTA Gala Television Awards were on last night and Derry Girls and the Young Offenders did very well

Dermot Bannon also finally won an award!

THE IRISH FILM and Television Awards were on last night which meant that there was a bit of glitz and glamour about the place.

A number of great shows were up for awards including Sharon Horgan’s Catastrophe, Room To Improve, Derry Girls and the Young Offenders. It looked like everyone was having a great time anyway if this crossover of Derry Girls meeting the Young Offenders is to be believed.

So how did everyone do?

Well Sharon Horgan took home the Best Female Performance Award while Dermot Bannon and the Room to Improve team scooped up Best Factual Programme. Good man Dermot. He was thrilled and all.

Gogglebox Ireland took home the Best Reality Show too cementing it in our hearts as one of the best programmes around and the Tully twins as national treasures.

Chris Walley of Young Offenders took home the award for Best Male Performance and Peter Foote took home Best Director for the show.


All eyes were on the Best Comedy award where Young Offenders and Derry Girls were facing off. Derry Girls took home the prize with Lisa McGee taking home the Best Comedy Writer award too. A great night all round for both shows.

Nicola Coughlan who plays Claire couldn’t make the awards but she seemed pretty ok with her replacement.

It’s been a very good year for Irish telly. Well done to everyone!

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