IFTAs 2015: Everything you need to know

The ceremony is on tonight - here's the deets you need!

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The day has arrived – Ireland’s answer to the Oscars is here, and VIP can’t wait for the Irish Film and TV Awards to kick off.

The glitzy bash will be taking place later today in Dublin’s Mansion House, and some of Ireland’s biggest stars are set to grace the red carpet.

Last year, RTÉ’s IFTAs coverage, presented by Laura Whitmore and Simon Delaney was widely criticised – the production featured significant sound problems – but this time around, TV3 have taken over the mantle.

An hour-long IFTA Film and Drama Awards Special will be broadcast on TV3 on Monday, June 1 at 9pm.

In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s awards:

The host

Caroline at our Style Awards this year
Caroline at our Style Awards this year

Caroline Morahan has jetted back from her acting stint in LA to present the glamorous evening, and the tv star is confident of a more succesful ceremony.

“Last year got a lot of bad press so we are making sure this is a more intimate ceremony, more special,” she said.

The former Off The Rails star added that she hopes to bring a touch of humour to the event, ala Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.

Who’ll be there?

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Jamie Dornan will attend

There’s no doubt it’ll be a star-studded red carpet, with high profile actors Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham and Domhnall Gleeson expected to attend.

Who’s nominated?

Jack Reynor and Toni Collette
Irish flick Glassland is up for a gong

The following is a selection of nominees:

Best Film:



I Used to Live Here


Patrick’s Day

Song of the Sea

Best Actor (Film):

Colin Farrell — Miss Julie

Michael Fassbender — Frank

Jack Reynor — Glassland

Moe Dunford — Patrick’s Day

Best Actress (Film):

Deirdre O’Kane — Noble

Simone Kirby — Jimmy’s Hall

Jordanne Jones — I Used to Live Here

Tara Breathnach — A Nightingale Falling

Best Drama:


The Fall

Game of Thrones



Is there any other notable awards on the night?

Jim Sheridan will be honoured
Jim Sheridan will be honoured

Six-time academy award nominee, director Jim Sheridan will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award – a tribute to his 30-year-long career which includes My Left Foot, The Boxer, In America, In the Name of the Father, The Field, Brothers and Some Mother’s Son.

Any notable presenters?


Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones star Sean Bean has been announced as one of the guest presenters, as well as Amy Huberman, Amanda Byram, Peter Coonan, Colin O’Donoghue, Miriam O’Callaghan and Cecelia Ahern.

What’s in the goodiebag?

We’ve been given a little sneak peak of what the guests will take home…. Jealous much!?

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