Gabriel Byrne: Legendary actor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from President Higgins at 'Ireland's Oscars'
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Gabriel Byrne: Legendary actor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from President Higgins at 'Ireland's Oscars'

HOLLYWOOD actor Gabriel Byrne is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at next month's Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) awards.

The 67-year-old Dubliner has become one of Ireland's best known actors with roles in blockbusters such as The Usual Suspects and Miller's Crossing.

He first came to prominence in Irish TV shows such as The Riordans, and over the course of his 40-year career has starred in no less than 75 films.

In 2009, the Irishman picked up a Golden Globe for his lead role in the US TV drama In Treatment.

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."

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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.”