The Irish Film & Television Academy has honoured veteran RTÉ and BBC broadcaster Cathal O'Shannon at a special tribute event in Dublin today.

'Cathal O'Shannon - A Life in Television' at Dublin's Conrad Hotel saw O'Shannon honoured with lifetime membership of the Irish Film & Television Academy and in conversation with his friend and former RTÉ colleague Gay Byrne.

Commenting, O'Shannon said: "It is always flattering to be acknowledged by your peers - to have contributed something to your profession, and I am very grateful to IFTA for this honour. It is particularly gratifying that it occurs before I pop my clogs!"