February 15

Tonight is the Big Night! Byrneholics the world over offer our congratulations to Mr. Byrne on this honor!

The Irish Film and Television Academy official statement

The Irish Film & Television Academy has today announced that Gabriel Byrne with receive the prestigious Irish Academy’s-Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement across both film and television.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins will officially present the Award at the Ceremony which takes place on Thursday 15th February in Dublin, on behalf of the Academy, the entire Irish film industry and Gabriel’s community of peers and friends.  The Ceremony will be broadcast primetime on RTÉ One in Ireland.

And Gabriel Byrne will be a guest on the The Late Late Show (in Ireland) Friday night!

According to RTÉ:

Gabriel Byrne and Caitriona Balfe are among the guests joining Ryan Tubridy on this week’s Late Late Show.

Byrne, who is in town to collect a Lifetime Achievement Award at the IFTAs, will chat about his successful career and his new horror film, Hereditary.

Here’s a link to the RTÉ (United States) Player. The show may be broadcast live, but it certainly should be available via the player are some time in the near future.

Kudos for Gabriel on Twitter have been nice, but this is the one of the best:

January 20

It all began with a tweet:

Tons of tweets later, Gabriel trended on Twitter, which is very cool!

It is always lovely when someone you admire and respect receives the acknowledgement you know they deserve. Gabriel Byrne has done so much for the Irish film industry and for Ireland itself, as its Cultural Ambassador, it now seems inevitable that he be recognized. Not to mention that he is a damn fine actor! His career spans almost forty years and, with over 75 films to his credit, he seems to be speeding up and busier than ever.

So, it’s a good thing to take time out and enjoy the accolades of one’s peers. To be able to do so at home in Dublin is an added boon. Congratulations, Gabriel!

Will the awards ceremony, scheduled for February 15, be televised so that Byrneholics the world over can see this wonderful event? No news on that yet, but stay tuned! It very well may be. Here’s a link to the RTÉ US Player.

Below is a selection of articles announcing the award, as well as an array of tribute tweets. heart

News Articles

Irish Film and Television Network (IFTN):

The Irish Film & Television Academy has today announced that Gabriel Byrne with receive the prestigious Irish Academy’s – Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement across both film and television.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins will officially present the Award at the Ceremony which takes place on Thursday 15th February in Dublin, on behalf of the Academy, the entire Irish film industry and Gabriel’s community of peers and friends. The Ceremony will be broadcast primetime on RTÉ One…

In his home country of Ireland, Gabriel is acknowledged as one of its most successful actors. His international achievement and status has made him an inspiring figure for young Irish actors and filmmakers…

Gabriel’s commitment to Ireland and to Irish culture has always been unwavering, firstly helping to develop the Irish Cultural Centre in New York, for which the city of New York contributed $20 million, and then taking up the official role of first Cultural Ambassador for Ireland, when for two years, he worked tirelessly to promote the Irish arts in America and internationally and to help connect with the Irish diaspora.

Read the entire article for a history of Gabriel’s achievements!

Jennifer O’Brien at The Times UK:

He has won a plethora of awards including a Golden Globe, and now Gabriel Byrne is to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Irish Film and Television Academy awards.

The 67-year-old actor, who is based in New York, said he was “deeply honoured. It means a lot to me to receive it in my home town of Dublin.”

Michael D Higgins, the president, will present the award to Byrne at the ceremony, honouring his work in film and television.

The Journal.ie:

Byrne’s long career has seen him become one of Ireland’s most-loved actors.

ONE OF IRELAND’S most recognisable film actors will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at next month’s IFTA Awards…

In announcing the Lifetime Achievement Award, IFTA’s chief executive Áine Moriarty said Byrne has “paved the way” for Irish film actors who followed him and has “explored and pushed the boundaries in storytelling”.

The Irish Post:

IFTA is honouring Byrne in recognition of his outstanding achievement across both film and television, and he will be presented with his award by Irish President Michael D Higgins.

Responding to the news, the popular actor said: “I am deeply honoured to be receiving this Award from the Irish Academy and it means a lot to me to receive it in my home town of Dublin.”

The IFTA’s ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 15 in Dublin and will be broadcast on RTÉ One.

Byrne will receive the prestigious award in front of his family, friends and some of the biggest names in the Irish entertainment industry.

Announcing the decision, Áine Moriarty, Chief Executive of IFTA, said: “Gabriel has paved the way as one of Ireland’s most revered actors and filmmakers.

“He has explored and pushed the boundaries in storytelling across a broad range of genres, in film, television and documentary making.

“We look forward to welcoming Gabriel back home to his native Dublin to celebrate his achievements.”

Tribute Tweets

Nor could we! Kudos to our favorite Irishman!

13 Comments

  1. Michelle Ayala

    Gabriel has truly reached a milestone in his career and always keeps us engaged and entertained. I am happy for his honor he deserves this.

  2. It is very well deserved!
    Gabriel Byrne is a very talented and hard working man.
    He loves Ireland and Ireland loves him back.
    Congratulations to him for this award!

    Nora from Norway

  3. Gabriel Byrne is that rare treasure. His work is always compelling and his choice of projects reveal boundless intellectual curiosity. From the stage, to film, television, writing, producing, directing, documentary, he has done it all with integrity, and is as prolific as ever. As a man, he exemplifies a love for the country of his birth, by tirelessly promoting its artists as an expression of the best Ireland has to offer. His unique perspective as an emigrant allows him to see his homeland clearly and call for changes that would better the lives of its citizens.

    Angelle from Canada

  4. Heartiest congratulations to Gabriel Byrne on this truly deserved award! He’s wonderful actor, excellent man, great activist and genuinely dedicated to Ireland. Wishing Mr.Byrne success for his life and future projects ahead

  5. Congratulations for him by the prize is a great actor.
    Hugs and kisses from Spain.

  6. http://www.thejournal.ie/gabriel-byrne-irish-film-industry-3854642-Feb2018/
    Interesting interview with Gabriel.
    From thejournal.ie

  7. Big congrats, mr. Byrne! Absolutely great achievement for such a great person.

  8. Verónica

    Dear Gabriel, You may not know that we, your Fans, are aware of everything about you.
    Pending your new projects, your films, TV series, Theater, in short, pending of you.
    For that reason, when we read about the important prize you won, we are happy for you and at the same time proud of you.
    It is SO deserved!
    For my part, I congratulate you from my heart.
    WE LOVE YOU !!

    Verónica

  9. Dear Mr.
    Gabriel Byrne,
    Congratulations in capitals for the award you have recently received. Hope the best for you, knowing that your talent seems to have no end in all the characterizations you have done during your life. Thanks for all you share with us through your work as an actor, activist, writer…May all the best blessings arrive to you and your family.

    My big respect and love for you.

  10. Congratulations, my dearest Gabriel! I’m so happy for you. Sending all my love to you.

  11. Lumy - Romania

    Congratulations! You won this great prize even on my birthday, which meant a nice gift to me too.
    All I want is for you to know how much I appreciate your charisma.
    You have touched my soul and made me resume my older dreams. You give me courage, trust and hope. Thank you.

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