Derry company scoops IFTA at plush Dublin awards ceremony

A Derry based film productiom company has lifted a prestigious IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) at a ceremony held at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel at the weekend.

Gifted Empire Productions which is headed up by Paul McKay scooped the award for ‘Best Live Event’ for its work on Fleadh TV in Sligo in 2014.

The company also produced the live TV shows from Derry’s Fleadh during the City of Culture Year in 2013.

“The whole crew came down for the event and we had a ball,” said Paul McKay. “We were up against the BBC’s St Patrick’s Day show, so we were thinking it was just great to be nominated and then we won. Jedward were there which was a highlight for all of us,” he laughed.