Irish stars shine in nominations for Golden Globes
Irish acting and film talent scored an impressive six nominations for next year's Golden Globe Awards.
Carlow actress Saoirse Ronan and Kerry actor Michael Fassbender lead the charge in the Irish nominations, alongside Lenny Abrahamson who directed 'Room', which will be represented in three categories at the prestigious awards next January.
'Brooklyn' star Ronan is nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture category for her role in the best-selling film based on the book by Wexford author Colm Toibin.
It is the second Golden Globe nomination for the 21-year-old, who is now hotly tipped to receive an Oscar nomination when they are announced in January.
Ronan will go head to head with American actress Brie Larson, also nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture category for her harrowing performance in 'Room'.
'Room', based on a mother and her young child held in captivity, also picked up a nomination for Best Motion Picture in a Drama and writer Emma Donoghue got the nod for Best Screenplay in a Drama.
Lenny Abrahamson, who directed the independent film, described the nominations as an "incredible honour".
In-demand Fassbender is in the running for Best Performance by an actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in 'Steve Jobs'.
Fassbender is up against Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston in his category at the awards, which will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.
Monaghan actress Caitriona Balfe also garnered a nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) for her role in 'Outlander', as did Eva Green for 'Penny Dreadful', which is filmed in Ireland.
"The Irish film industry boasts some incredible talent and it is great to see this recognised internationally," said Arts Minister Heather Humphreys.