THE father of Kerry's first ever Oscar nominee has said the good news is just like winning the lottery.
Currently living in London, 26year-old Cromane woman Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly got the golden nod on Thursday afternoon for her work as a producer on the 10 minute stop animation piece 'Head Over Heels'
She intends to travel with her mother for the Hollywood showcase event and, indeed, Irene had been on the Internet and learned of the good news at exactly the same time as her daughter.
Speaking to The Kerryman afterwards, Fodhla's father Patrick said he's been over the moon ever since.
"Irene is a computer whizz kid so she was online and found out straight away - as for myself, I can't even text," he said through a wide smile.
Such was Patrick's excitement, he had to leave work early as he came to terms with the announcement.
"I went out that night and I don't even drink - I know what it feels like now to win the lottery," he stated.
"It's great news for Fodhla but also for Kerry, she would make a great ambassador for Kerry as she has had to work hard to get where she is and she took risks."
Fodhla, meanwhile, says she has heard one particular question more than others ever since hearing the nominations.
"It's just wonderful news but I have been asked several times who I'm going to take. Tickets are very scarce, I understand, but my mother will be travelling over to the US with me no matter what," she states.
"My parents are over the moon and it's great. Dad said he had a feeling but you never know," the former Cromane NS and ISK student added.
A low-budget production for which she was nominated jointly with director Timothy Reckart, Fodhla will be up against big names and big budgets such as Disney and The Simpsons.
"I always hoped some day of being recognised for making a good piece and hopefully it's the first of many," she states.
Currently working for Parallel Films in London, she says the news is a win- win all involved.
"I ran in and gave my boss the thumbs- up. The whole company has been so supportive, I suppose it's great for them too," she stated.
While it's not her first short film, it's Fodhla's first stop animation piece and formed the basis of her postgraduate study in The National Film and Television School in London.
"I'm a big fan of ' Wallace and Gromit' and that was also done as a postgrad at my college, so there's big shoes to fill," she revealed.