Maureen O'Hara and Pierce Brosnan are to receive special presentations at this year's Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).

The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to screen legend and the first Irish movie star Maureen O'Hara, whose films range from 'How Green Was My Valley' to the classic Irish movie 'The Quiet Man' and 'Only The Lonely' with John Candy.

Commenting on her Award, O'Hara said, "There are no words to express how thrilled I am to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award. I'm particularly pleased because it's from Ireland, the country of my birth. I will treasure it always."

Pierce Brosnan, best known for his four outings as James Bond, will receive the award for Outstanding Irish Contribution to Cinema.

In a statement, Aine Moriaty, Chief Executive of the IFTAs, commented, "Maureen O'Hara has a presence in every Irish heart. She was the first Irish woman to become a real movie star in a uniquely Irish way, and in so doing won the hearts and minds of a nation and a worldwide audience."

"Pierce Brosnan," she added, "has similarly won millions of admirers in his movie roles and has done much for the Irish film industry through his Irish Dreamtime production company."

The Irish Film and Television Awards take place at The Burlington Hotel, Saturday 30th October and will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Monday 1 November.