Pat Kenny takes Lifetime Achievement Award at IFTA ceremony

Tributes were paid to the broadcaster from celebrities including Celine Dion

Pat Kenny takes Lifetime Achievement Award at IFTA ceremony

Pat Kenny collects his Lifetime Achievement Award | Image via @IFTA on Twitter

Pat Kenny has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA).

Tributes were paid to the Newstalk broadcaster from celebrities including Celine Dion - Kenny hosted the Eurovision Song Contest the year Dion won for Switzerland.

Other highlights saw 'Red Rock' receive Best Soap for second year; Brendan O’Carroll took Best Male Performance for 'Mrs Browns Boys', and 'Bridget and Eamon' won two IFTAs, for Best Comedy and Best Director Soap/Comedy.

Host Amanda Byram | Image via @IFTA on Twitter

The IFTA Gala Television Awards will be broadcast on TV3 tomorrow night.

Al Porter picked up the Gala TV Rising Star Award, while Bob Geldof spoke from the stage about his IFTA winning documentary about Yeats.

Amanda Byram hosted the show, which saw 'First Dates Ireland' crowned Best Reality - while Daniel and Majella's B&B took Best Factual.

'Mrs Brown's Boy' Rory Cowan | Image via @IFTA on Twitter

Some 23 Academy categories were presented, with winners including Sharon Horgan for Best Female Performance and Best Writer (Soap and Comedy) for 'Catastrophe', and COCO Television won Best Documentary Series for the Liam Neeson narrated '1916 The Irish Rebellion'.

RTÉ presenter Miriam O'Callaghan | Image via @IFTA on Twitter

'I Am Immigrant' won Best Single Documentary, and drama 'An Klondike' took the Best Irish Language award.

Mícheál Ó Meallaigh was awarded an IFTA for his Outstanding Contribution to the Industry and the Irish Language by Gráinne Seoige, for his achievements as Commissioning Director of TG4 for 20 years.

Singer and actress Samantha Mumba | Image via @IFTA on Twitter

The full list of IFTA Gala TV Awards winners is below:

MALE PERFORMANCE

Brendan O'Carroll - Mrs Browns Boys

REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL

First Dates Ireland - COCO Television

DOCUMENTARY SINGLE

I Am Immigrant - Motive Television

FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe

ENTERTAINMENT

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge

FACTUAL

Daniel & Majella's B&B Road Trip

CURRENT AFFAIRS

RTÉ Investigates - Standards in Public Office - RTÉ

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S

My Life Champion of the World - Tyrone Productions

ANIMATION

The Day Henry Met - Wiggleywoo

COMEDY

Bridget & Eamon

IRISH LANGUAGE

An Klondike - Abú Media

WRITER - SOAP AND COMEDY

Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe

EDITING - TELEVISION

Úna Ní Dhonghaile - An Innocent Man

SOUND - TELEVISION

Deoch an Dorais - Dean Jones, Colm O'Rourke and John Brennan

CAMERA - TELEVISION

Michael O’Donovan - These Walls Can Talk

DIRECTOR - SOAP AND COMEDY

Jason Butler – Bridget & Eamon

DIRECTOR TELEVISION

Gerry Nelson – Wild Cities

DOCUMENTARY SERIES

1916: The Irish Rebellion - COCO Television

GALA TV RISING STAR WINNER

Al Porter

SPORTS

Hidden Impact: Rugby and Concussion - Wildfire Films

NEWS

Ireland Live News @ 5:30 - Brexit Special - UTV

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats

LIVE EVENT

Centenary - RTÉ

SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA

Red Rock