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Van Morrison toasts Roma Downey as she picks up Irish Diaspora Award

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/04/2016

Inaugural award: Roma Downey
Inaugural award: Roma Downey
Van Morrison toasts Roma Downey at the IFTA Awards 2016 at the Mansion House, Dublin, last night

Actress Roma Downey was toasted by Belfast blues legend Van Morrison as the two stars attended the glitzy Irish Film and Television Awards.

The star from Londonderry was celebrating again with family last night after she was handed the inaugural Irish Diaspora Award at Dublin's Mansion House.

The 55-year-old former Thornhill College pupil from the Bogside is now one of Ireland's richest women after a successful career in which she won the hearts of Americans as Monica in hit CBS TV show Touched by an Angel.

She is now a major producer, with hits such as The Bible, but the star admitted she still misses home.

"While I've spent most of my career in the United States, I'm a Derry girl at heart, and I'm delighted to be home" she said.

"I do miss home, but sometimes when I come home, I still miss it.

"So what I miss is the past, you know - when my mum and dad were alive."

During the awards, Downey paid tribute to the other big Northern Irish winner of the night, Liam Neeson. The Ballymena star of Schindler's List and the Taken series was presented with the award for he Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award presented by Irish president, Michael D Higgins.

Downey hailed Neeson as "a true inspiration".

Derry director Stephen Fingleton picked up the Rising Star award for his film The Survivalist.

How Paisley inspired Neeson, Page 15

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