Limerick leading the way with IFTA Nominations

THE IFTA Nominations were revealed today with Ruth Negga getting nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Drama category for her role in Passing.

The Limerick actress plays Clare, a fair skinned black woman who lives her life as a white woman shot in black and white.

Hidden Assets, which was filmed mostly across Limerick and Clare is also nominated for seven awards.

Angeline Ball as Emer Berry and Wouter Hendrickx as Christian De Jong in Hidden Assets _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Guillaume Van Laethem/Saffron Pictures/RTÉ/AcornTV

It’s up for Best Drama, Best Actress Drama category (Angeline Ball) and Supporting Actress Drama Category (Cathy Belton and Simone Kirby).

It centres around a routine raid by the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) in Limerick where they find diamonds that are linked to a series of bombings in Belgium.

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Clare based, Smother, is nominated for six awards including Best Drama, Best Actress Drama Category (Dervla Kirwan), Supporting Actress Drama Category (Justine Mitchell).

Into its second season, Smother continues the gripping tale of the Ahern family as they deal with an unwelcome visitor whose arrival in Lahinch shakes things up once again.

IFTA Chief Executive, Áine Moriarty said: “What a spectacular line-up of Nominees that have been shortlisted for Irish Academy Awards this year, after a record-breaking production year for the Irish industry. The work being recognised this year showcases to the world what our talented industry has to offer.”

“It’s an incredible reflection of the high calibre of Irish talent, filmmaking and storytelling that we have in this country, at world-class standards. The Irish Academy is proud to acknowledge and reward their great achievements”.

Deirdre O’Kane

The Virtual IFTA Awards show will be hosted by the talented Actress & Comedian Deirdre O’Kane and will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Saturday, March 12th.

The Academy will shortly announce details of the upcoming Physical Event taking place in April in Dublin, to celebrate the industry along with the Awards presentations, the venue, the guests and more.

The IFTA Awards is funded by Screen Ireland, and also supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and Tourism Ireland.

See the full list on nominees here.