The 1981 annual Jacobs Awards takes place in Jurys Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin on April 14 1981. VIPs and press personalities arrive at the Gala event to celebrate Irish Radio and Television achievements.

Pat Butler reports on the Radio and Television Awards for 'Ireland's Eye' giving viewers a sneak peak behind the scenes as the guests arrive to a champagne reception.

The compère and host for the evening is RTÉ broadcaster Pat Kenny, who jokes about being unaccustomed to public speaking, and feeling "intimidated" and "insignificant" surrounded by such distinguished people in the audience. 

On the evening Kevin O'Kelly was awarded with a Jacobs Award by Albert Reynolds Minister for Posts and Telegraphs,

For his coverage of ecclesiastic and religious affairs in the Addendum programme; a programme in which he has brought to bear a background of current affairs on an area which is often uncritically treated

Other award winners on the night were John Skehan, Dave Fanning, Mike Murphy, John McColgan, Barry Cowan, Robert Kee, Frank Grimes, John Lynch and Frank Cvitanovich.

The Jacob’s Awards were for many years given for contributions to radio and television. Jacob’s a biscuit manufacturer sponsored the awards from 1962 to 1993.

This edition of 'Ireland's Eye' was broadcast on 14 April 1981