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Brendan O’Carroll to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at IFTA Gala Television Awards
16 Oct 2015 : Seán Brosnan
IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy recipient Brendan O’Carroll with wife Jennifer Gibney
The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced that Brendan O’Carroll will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at this year’s IFTA Gala Television Awards which will take place on Thursday 22nd October 2015.

Brendan follows in the footsteps of previous IFTA Academy Lifetime recipients such as Maureen O’Hara, David Kelly, George Morrison, Cathal O’Shannon, Neil Jordan, Morgan O’Sullivan, John Boorman, Gay Byrne, Niall Toibín, Fionnula Flanagan, President Michel D. Higgins and Jim Sheridan.

IFTA has stated that Brendan O’Carroll is being honoured for his outstanding achievement in Comedy and his incredible contribution, influence and leadership in the craft. Comedy has always been at the heart of O’Carroll’s passion, writing and performance for the past three decades and he is widely considered an original comic voice and a pioneer of his craft.

O’Carroll has crafted and honed his comedy skills from his early funny-man stand-up routines, to his development of the cheeky matriarch character that is Agnes Brown in the enormously popular television sitcom, ‘Mrs. Brown's Boys’ that reaches 15.5 million viewers in the UK and now extensively tours Ireland, UK, Australia and the USA. O’Carroll has also shown his creative versatility over the years across writing, acting, directing and producing in his journey to success; he has written seven novels, made four top-selling videos, produced an international box office hit comedy Movie and a bestselling music record.

Having tasted the rewards of his success, O’Carroll has not been left wanting in his support for local charities and also his ambition to support young upcoming Irish comedy writers and performers through the Learning Programme of events with the Irish Film & Television Academy.

The Lifetime Award will be presented to Brendan at the IFTA Gala Television Awards ceremony on Thursday night October 22nd with Gay Byrne leading a host of Irish and international guests paying tribute to Brendan for his outstanding achievements. The ceremony will be broadcast on TV3 the following night on Friday 23rd October at 9pm.

Áine Moriarty CEO of the Irish Academy said: “Brendan O’Carroll is quite simply a creative genius, his comedic style is accessible, immediate and outrageously funny. You don’t need to be a Mrs Brown fan to recognise this man’s brilliance and his absolute skill and craft that is inspiring young Irish comedy writers and performers to find their own unique voice.”

Roddy Doyle who wrote ‘The Van’ which featured Brendan, said: “Brendan has a universal quality, when he does something funny ... it’s funny, funny all over the world”.

Joe Duffy broadcaster said: “It’s hard to believe that a boy from Finglas has dominated the UK’s biggest night of the year ‘Christmas night’ every year. It is an incredible achievement.”

Angelica Huston who played the lead in Brendan’s film ‘Agnes Brown’ said: “Brendan O’Carroll is a born storyteller and a cross between Robin Williams and Billy Connelly.”

For more information on the IFTA Television Awards, go to www.ifta.ie.

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