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Brendan O'Carroll to celebrate award in style... in PJs with a cup of tea

By Elaine McCahill

He might have received a Lifetime Achievement Award but Brendan O'Carroll said he "still feels 25".

The Mrs Brown's Boys creator received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at the inaugural IFTA Gala Television Awards in Dublin last night.

"You haven't seen anything yet," he said. "Everybody in this country is aware how long it took us to get where we are and what went into it. And for someone to say well done means a lot to us.

"I feel 25 but we'll be celebrating with pyjamas and a cup of tea - we're not the ravers we used to be."

Elsewhere, Miriam O'Callaghan walked up the red carpet in a sequinned gown from Cari's Closet and finally claimed her crown as the "busiest woman in Ireland".

"I came from Belfast this morning because I'm doing a big documentary project there between RTE and the BBC and I've just come from a school meeting for one of my sons," she said.

"I'm presenting the award, then I'm launching a book for the Laura Lynn Hospice and then I'm going in to present Prime Time.

"People are always saying, 'she's the busiest woman in Ireland' and today I actually am," she added.

When it came to red carpet style, MC on the night Amanda Byram stole the show in a wedding dress by London designer Elizabeth Stuart.

The awards came in for criticism last year but Amanda said separate ceremonies for film and TV show the wealth of talent in Ireland.

"Splitting in two is a true testament to how brilliant our industry is," she said.

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh stepped out in a more daring look by donning an off-the-shoulder bright yellow dress by Australia designer Chic.

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