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Laura Whitmore to host IFTAs with Simon Delaney

1 of 2 Laura Whitmore -
Laura Whitmore - "We're going to have a lot of fun!"
2 of 2 Simon Delaney -
Simon Delaney - ""I'm very honoured to be working with IFTA again in showcasing Irish creative talent and to do so this year with Laura makes it all the more enjoyable"

They have a new venue, a new format and now a new presenting duo: it has been confirmed that Laura Whitmore will join Simon Delaney in co-hosting the 2014 Irish Film & Television Awards on Saturday April 5 at 9:35pm on RTÉ One.

The 28-year-old Bray native is no stranger to interviewing A-List stars, having spent the last five years working at MTV, where she has chatted to some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. 

Speaking about working with Simon at this year's IFTAs at Dublin's DoubleTree by Hilton, Laura said: "I'm delighted to be co-hosting the IFTAs with Simon this year. We're going to have a lot of fun! I've watched Simon host over the last few years and he's brilliant, so I can't wait to work with him!"

And it seems Simon is equally thrilled to have a presenting partner: "I'm very honoured to be working with IFTA again in showcasing Irish creative talent and to do so this year with Laura makes it all the more enjoyable - we're planning a whole different approach! To be part of an Irish celebration like this makes me very proud indeed."

With a who's who of Irish talent nominated across film and television this year, Simon and Laura will guide RTÉ Television viewers through a glittering night that celebrates Ireland's home industry in true Irish style.  

Speaking about the co-hosts, IFTA Chief Executive Áine Moriarty said: "We are absolutely delighted to combine the great skills, charisma and style of Simon and Laura to showcase the best of what Ireland has to offer across our screens.  

"We know first-hand just how talented and much-loved Simon is and we so enjoy working with him. We have also experienced first-hand Laura's stylish and intuitive approach to presenting, and between them there are some fun and exciting plans afoot.  

"We look forward to celebrating the great work of our home industry on April 5."

Check out www.ifta.ie for a full list of nominees. 

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