Eurovision 1988 host to receive a lifetime achievement award

THE JOURNAL.IE / IRELAND – Pat Kenny will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Irish Film and Television Academy awards (IFTAs) next month. The veteran broadcaster (68) will follow in the footsteps of others to receive the award such as Gay Byrne, Neil Jordan, Niall Toibín, Brendan O’Carroll, and President Michael D Higgins. Kenny is being honoured “for his lifetime body of work in television and for his superb and distinguished contribution to Irish broadcasting for almost five decades,” IFTA said in a statement.

The awards ceremony takes place at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Dublin on Friday 7 October. It will be carried live by TV3. Responding to the news Kenny himself said he was “truly honoured”. “To be recognised by my peers in this way, and to follow in the footsteps of such an illustrious group of people who have previously received this award is an absolute honour for me,” he said.