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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Host Amanda Byram steals the show at first TV IFTAs

Awards

Julian Okines and Amanda Byram arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin.
Photo by Michael Chester
Julian Okines and Amanda Byram arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester

There's nothing quite like an Irish red carpet and Amanda Byram stole the show at the inaugural IFTA Gala TV Awards last night in a daring two-piece gown by Elizabeth Stuart.

The presenter flew into Dublin from London with her boyfriend Julian Okines to host the glamorous awards at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Last year's awards got a kicking by the critics but that didn't faze the Castleknock native.

"I'm not nervous, just really excited to get out there and have a great night," she told the Herald.

"Splitting the IFTAs into two ceremonies is a true testament to how brilliant our industry is."

Brendan O’Carroll and Jenny Gibney with Jedward on the red carpet at the IFTA Awards last night
Brendan O’Carroll and Jenny Gibney with Jedward on the red carpet at the IFTA Awards last night

Elsewhere, the nation's darling Miriam O'Callaghan finally claimed her crown as the "busiest woman in Ireland".

"I came from Belfast this morning and I had a school meeting for one of my sons this afternoon," she said.

"After the awards I'm launching a book for the LuaraLynn Hospice and then I have Prime Time.

Anna Daly and Karen Koster arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin.
Photo by Michael Chester
Anna Daly and Karen Koster arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester

"People are always saying, 'she's the busiest woman in Ireland and today I actually am'," she added.

Good pals Rachel Wyse and Darren Kennedy were excited to catch up.

"We presented a show on TG4 before and we live really close to each other in London but we never get to see each other so we're excited for a night out," Rachel said.

Lucy Kennedy arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin.
Photo by Michael Chester
Lucy Kennedy arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Michael Chester

Concern

Winners on the night included Baz Ashmawy who won Best Entertainment Show with 50 Ways to Kill His Mammy but unfortunately Nancy was on holidays in the Canaries and couldn't accept the award.

Sharon Horgan took away two awards for Best Female Performance and Best Writer in a Soap or Drama and Mrs Brown's Boys won Best Comedy.

Amanda Brunker arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin.
Photo by Kyran O'Brien
Amanda Brunker arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by Kyran O'Brien

Other attendees included Joe Duffy, Maria Walsh and Ronan and Storm Keating.

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