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Derry Girls nominated for four Irish Film and Television Awards

By Ian Begley

Derry Girls has picked up four nominations for the Irish Film and Television Awards - the Iftas - this year.

The coming-of-age comedy has been a major hit for Channel 4 since its launch earlier this year.

The show's Derry-born creator Lisa McGee has been given the nod in the best comedy or soap writer.

Show star Saoirse-Monica Jackson has been nominated for a best actress award alongside Sharon Horgan for Catastrophe, Seana Kerslake for Can't Cope Won't Cope and Red Rock actress Cathy Belton.

The Hat Trick production has also got the nod for best comedy, taking on Bridget & Eamon, Mrs Brown's Boys and The Young Offenders.

Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan, who plays the hapless Gerry Quinn, is up for best actor. He faces competition from Sean McGinley for Fir Bolg; Chris Newman for Red Rock; Brendan O'Carroll for Mrs Brown's Boys and Chris Walley for The Young Offenders.

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