A Host of GSA Graduates Nominated at the IFTA’s


The 11th Annual IFTA Awards took place last Saturday Night. The ceremony was hosted by the gorgeous Laura Whitmore along with Simon Delaney. There were a few awkward moments between the two, not to mention the sound issues, however, the night was a great celebration of Irish talent.

We have many successful Alumni here at The Gaiety School of Acting. They have all passed through our halls over the years and now they were up for nominations at the IFTA’s, and we couldn’t be prouder. Our lovely graduates to be nominated included:

  • Jane McGrath for ‘Black Ice’
  • Charlie Murphy for ‘Love/Hate’
  • Caoilfhionn Dunne for ‘Love/ Hate’
  • Colin Farrell* for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

And not only did we have our past students nominated but Eva Birthistle won the award for Actress in a Leading Role for ‘Amber’. Not to mention Michael Fassbender who won Best Supporting Actor for ’12 Years a Slave’. Fassbender’s worked with our very own Donal Courtney for years. I’d say they’ve been waiting for that win for some time now.

The IFTA’s isn’t the only place our graduates are being celebrated. Recently, Aidan Turner won Best Male Newcomer for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ at the Jameson Empire Awards. The BBC announced a new adaptation of the ‘Poldark’ series, to be released in 2015, starring Aidan in the title role. Sarah Greene has been nominated for an Olivier Award for ‘The Cripple of Inishman’ on Broadway. And finally, Simone Kirby is appearing in Ken Loach’s new feature film ‘Jimmy’s Hall’. See more here.

If you want to keep up with our Alumni or see what they are up to, then check out our Alumni page.

*Colin Farrell did not complete his training in the Gaiety School.


Attention all International Students, if you’re interested in visiting Ireland and following in the footsteps of these successful graduates, then why not come to our Irish Theatre Summer School.

We are also still accepting applications for our Two Year Full Time Course and our One Year Part Time Courses for a limited amount of time. If you’re serious about acting and want to take it to the next level then this is everything you need.