The 10th Annual Irish Film & TV Awards - IFTA's

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The 10th annual Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTAs) ceremony was watched by over 1.2 million viewers on Saturday 9th February, making it the highest rated IFTA Awards Ceremony to date. The show, which broadcast primetime on RTÉ One last Saturday February 9, gained 40% of the total viewership on Saturday night, across all channels with the 1.2 million viewers averaging out to just under 600,000 viewers across the 2 hour show.Held in the Convention Centre Dublin, Simon Delaney presented the show for the third time running. Previous Hosts of the IFTAs were also in attendance including the very first Host Jimmy Nesbitt, who presented the first three IFTAs, and Victoria Smurfit who is the only female Host to date. The 10th year Ceremony focussed very much on celebrating the home industry and as a true mark of respect,the Academy paid tribute to colleagues who had passed over the 10 years with a poignant visual Memoriam whichreceived a prolonged standing ovation from attending guests in the auditorium. It was accompanied byinternationally renowned Violin Soloist Aoife Ní Bhriain and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, who performed a specially composed Lament by Golden Globe Nominee Brian Byrne.

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