Úna's IFTA award for film on father's escape from prison

October 23rd, 2016 6:03 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

Úna Ní Dhonghaile with her 2016 IFTA award for Best Editor for the documentary The Invisible Man. She has previously been nominated for three Baftas, and holidays in West Cork.

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A FILM editor with strong West Cork links has won a major award for documentary editirng at the recent IFTA awards, honouring film and TV achievements.

Úna Ní Dhonghaile, who holidays every year in Dunmanway with her family, has won the 2016 IFTA Best Editor award for editing the documentary The Invisible Man which she also co-directed with Austrian film maker Georg Misch. 

The documentary, which was shown by RTE1 in September 2015,  is based on her father’s escape from Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast in 1960. 

Dónal Donnelly’s memoir entitled Prisoner 1082 was published in 2010 by Collins Press Cork and tells the story of his imprisonment in the 1950s as a political prisoner and his subsequent escape. 

Úna is a freelance editor and has been nominated three times for a Bafta award and four times for an IFTA. 

She has edited episodes of Ripper Street, Wallander, Upstairs DownStairs, Doctor Who and many other films for BBC, ITV and TG4. 

Úna is currently working on the Netflix series of The Crown, which will be aired next month. 

She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children and from childhood has been coming every year to west Cork where her family have a home near Dunmanway. 

Úna is well known in West Cork and has many friends around the region. 

Úna is known by her Irish name as she was educated in Coláiste Iosagáin in Dublin. She spent several years in the National Film & Television School in Beacosnfield, England when West Cork resident David Puttnam was chairman.

The star-studded IFTAs took place at the weekend in Dublin.  

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