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‘General’ tops Irish kudos

'Women' nabs three TV awards

DUBLIN — At the inaugural Irish Film and Television Awards held Sunday in pubcaster RTE’s Dublin studios, the John Boorman-helmed “The General” took two top awards: best film as well as best actor for Brendan Gleeson, whose teenage son brought the house down with his father’s faxed acceptance speech.

Brid Brennan took best actress for the Pat O’Connor-helmed “Dancing at Lughnasa.” Treasure Films’ “I Went Down” won for best screenplay (Conor McPherson) and best craft contribution (film) for director of photography Cian de Buitlear; Paul Mercier took the best short film award for “Lipservice.”

Parallel Films/BBC Northern Ireland’s drama series “Among Women” nabbed three awards: best TV drama, best leading performance for Tony Doyle and best craft contribution (TV) for d.p. Sue Gibson.

“States of Fear” and “Rotha Mor an tsaoil” took best documentary in English and Irish, respectively.