Normal People was the big winner at the virtual Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Film & Drama Awards on Sunday night, taking home honours in nine categories.

Normal People's wins included Best Drama, Lead Actor - Drama for Paul Mescal, Director - Drama for Lenny Abrahamson and Script - Drama for Sally Rooney. Normal People had led the shortlist with 15 nominations.

Speaking after his win, Paul Mescal said: "I am absolutely thrilled. It's amazing to be nominated with such fantastic actors. It has been a journey of over a year now that has utterly changed my life."

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in Normal People, made by Dublin company Element Pictures for the BBC and Hulu

He also paid tribute to his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones, describing her as "one of the most incredible actresses working in our industry".

Normal People's Sarah Greene and Fionn O'Shea won the Supporting Actress and Actor - Drama awards, respectively. There were also Normal People wins for Cinematography (Kate McCullough), Sound Design (Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady and Niall O'Sullivan) and Production Design (Lucy van Lonkhuyzen).

Best Film winner Wolfwalkers

In the film categories, Wolfwalkers - the Oscar-nominated animated adventure from Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon - was named Best Film.

Nika McGuigan was posthumously honoured with the Lead Actress - Film award for her performance in Wildfire. The director of Wildfire, Cathy Brady, won the Director - Film award.

The late Nika McGuigan

Gabriel Byrne won Lead Actor - Film for Death of a Ladies Man, describing his win as "a real shock".

The Rising Star award went to Bridgerton's Nicola Coughlan.

Nicola Coughlan receives her Rising Star award

Other winners in the film categories included Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell for their script for Herself, and Dating Amber stars Sharon Horgan and Barry Ward, who won Supporting Actress and Actor, respectively.

The virtual awards, hosted by Gráinne Seoige, were shown on Virgin Media One.

Colin Farrell was among the award presenters

Among the presenters joining the award winners and nominees remotely were Oscar winner Olivia Colman, Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.

The winners in full:

Best Film

Director - Film
Cathy Brady - Wildfire

Script - Film
Clare Dunne & Malcolm Campbell - Herself

Lead Actor - Film
Gabriel Byrne - Death of a Ladies Man

Lead Actress - Film
Nika McGuigan - Wildfire

Supporting Actor - Film
Barry Ward - Dating Amber

Supporting Actress - Film
Sharon Horgan - Dating Amber

Rising Star
Nicola Coughlan

Best Drama
Normal People

Director - Drama
Lenny Abrahamson - Normal People

Script - Drama
Sally Rooney - Normal People

Lead Actor - Drama
Paul Mescal - Normal People

Lead Actress - Drama
Dervla Kirwan - Smother

Supporting Actor - Drama
Fionn O'Shea - Normal People

Supporting Actress - Drama
Sarah Greene - Normal People

Feature Documentary
Breaking Out

Short Film

Short Animation
Her Song

Kate McCullough - Normal People

Leonie Prendergast - Gretel & Hansel

Úna Ní Dhonghaíle - Misbehaviour

Production Design
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen - Normal People

Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady & Niall O'Sullivan - Normal People

Make Up & Hair
Linda Gannon Foster & Liz Byrne - Gretel & Hansel

Aza Hand - Son

Ed Bruce & Robert Hartigan - Kidding