Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

DROGHEDA ac­tress and co­me­dian Deirdre O’Kane is to be honoured by the Kerry Film Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee later this month.

She is to re­ceive the Mau­reen O’Hara Award for 2018 to ac­knowl­edge her con­tri­bu­tion to the film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try and for her ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent, skill and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The Kerry Film Fes­ti­val in­au­gu­rated the Mau­reen O’Hara Award in 2008 in hon­our of the leg­endary O’Hara, one of Hol­ly­wood’s best-loved and most in­spir­ing ac­tresses. The award cel­e­brates out­stand­ing women work­ing in film & tele­vi­sion to­day.

Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents in­clude Ir­ish ac­tress Saoirse Ro­nan, French ac­tress Juliette Binoche, writer/di­rec­tor Re­becca Miller, cos­tume de­signer Con­so­lata Boyle, ac­tress Fion­nula Flana­gan and editor/di­rec­tor Emer Reynolds among oth­ers.

Deirdre is an award winning ac­tress, co­me­dian and TV pre­sen­ter. She won an IFTA, Ir­ish Academy Award, for Best Ac­tress for her por­trayal of hu­man­i­tar­ian Christina No­ble in No­ble.

Her screen cred­its in­clude No­ble, Halal Daddy, The Lodgers, Fes­ti­val, In­ter­mis­sion, Moone Boy (Sky), Younger (NBC US), and Paths to Free­dom, while her theatre cred­its range from clas­si­cal theatre to her ac­claimed per­for­mance in the one woman show My Bril­liant Di­vorce.

She is one of Ire­land’s most suc­cess­ful stand-up co­me­di­ans and is cur­rently on tour with her brand new show,A Line of O’Kane. She also proved her su­perb danc­ing skills ear­lier this year when she danced her way into the fi­nals of the pop­u­lar Danc­ing With The Stars.

Deirdre’s tal­ent and skills on screen has seen her se­cure key TV Pre­sent­ing roles in re­cent years across RTÉ and Vir­gin Me­dia TV, and she has been the host of the an­nual IFTA Film Awards Cer­e­mony for the past four years.

When pre­sent­ing the 2018 IFTA Awards Cer­e­mony, Deirdre paid trib­ute to her idol Mau­reen O’Hara in a widely ac­claimed open­ing mono­logue, who had re­ceived the IFTA Life­time Achieve­ment Award back in 2004.

‘It is an ab­so­lute hon­our to re­ceive this award which is named for such an in­spir­ing screen le­gend. Mau­reen O’Hara achieved so much in her life­time and was never afraid to speak her mind - she has paved the way for gen­er­a­tions to come,’ Deirdre stated.

Maeve McGrath, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of the Kerry Film Fes­ti­val said, “We are de­lighted to an­nounce Deirdre O’Kane as the re­cip­i­ent of the 2018 Mau­reen O’Hara Award. Deirdre’s vi­brant and cre­ative tal­ent, skill and per­sona epit­o­mizes so many of the great qual­i­ties of Mau­reen O’Hara”

The Kerry Film fes­ti­val runs from 17-21st Oc­to­ber in Kil­lar­ney.

Deirdre O’Kane

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