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Tuesday 12 December 2017

IFTAs show almost a wash-out

THE IFTAs were nearly a total washout after a sprinkling system flooded parts of the Convention Centre the night before the event.

And with less than 24 hours to clean up the mess before big-named stars like Michael Fassbender and Chris O'Dowd started arriving, it was all hands on deck.

The Herald can exclusively reveal how an employee accidentally set off a sprinkler system on the third floor of the Spencer Dock building.

The staff member was setting up the area for the VIP Moet champagne reception when the accident occurred on Friday night.

Water quickly spread down to the floors underneath, soaking everything in sight.

"It was total chaos, the last thing needed the night before such a big event. But they drafted in nearly 100 staff to help clean up the mess.

"The carpets were completely soaked so they had to be pulled up and replaced and there was extensive water damage," said a source.

"Everyone pulled together and worked around the clock to clean things up. They did a fantastic job -- you would never know what happened."

Hordes of stars turned on the glamour over the weekend for the glitzy event, which saw 40 awards being dished out to the best in the business.

Hunk

All eyes were on Kerry-born Hollywood hunk Michael Fassbender, who picked up the gong for the Best Actor and dedicated his win to his sister Catherine.

There were no repeats of his outlandish behaviour at the premiere of his flick A Dangerous Method, which saw him sexy dancing with Kiera Knightley.

He was spotted leaving the after-show party at the fairly respectable hour of 1am -- as a pal gave him a piggyback.

But he actually headed into the city centre to continue the fun at a private party in Lillie's with pals that included Liam Cunningham. He then jetted off to London to attend last night's BAFTA awards.

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll, who won the Best Entertainment award for Mrs Brown's Boys, raised eyebrows after taking a pop at RTE's golden girl.

He told the audience: "Who'd have thought a wrinkly, loud-mouthed old woman would capture the heart of the country, so well done Miriam O'Callaghan."

But his quip went down like a lead balloon, with some audience members boo-ing him -- although the glamorous Prime Time presenter didn't mind. "I love Brendan and felt very honoured and privileged to be compared to that gorgeous Irish mammy," she said. Prime Time won the award for the Best Current Affairs and News programme. But the biggest winners of the night were RTE's Love/Hate, as well as The Guard, winning seven and four awards respectively.

mfinn@herald.ie

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