Queen of Dragons: Saoirse Ronan goes from talk of the Met to Schull
Academy award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan is to swap the glitz and glamour of New York's fabled Met Gala for the idyllic locations of the Fastnet Film Festival.
The Carlow actress stunned onlookers at the Met Gala on Monday night in Manhattan with one of the most daring ensembles at the famous fashion event.
Soon she will head to Schull in west Cork for Fastnet, which has emerged as one of Europe's most popular boutique festivals.
It has been boosted by the Irish star agreeing to participate in its programme, which runs from May 22-26 next.
The 25-year-old actress will join author Roddy Doyle, director Jim Sheridan and Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow at the Schull festival.
On Monday, the Irish star wowed fans with a full-length Gucci gown which carried definite hints of the smash-hit 'Game of Thrones' TV series.
With oversized shoulders and sweeping dragon-style detailing, Ronan's gown dominated the press coverage of the legendary New York arts event.
It marks another triumph for the Irish actress, who was hailed for her stirring role in the epic 'Mary Queen of Scots'.
Irish writer Sinéad Burke was also present on the pink carpet for the Met Gala. The educator, advocate and 'Vogue' contributor wore a black velvet Gucci gown with blue bows on a dramatic neckline, teamed with a gold headband.
Writing in 'Vogue' before the event, Burke said it had been a "dream" of hers to attend the Met Gala.
"The Met Gala is a symbol of the fashion system, an institution within the fashion calendar and a global touchpoint for so many to be educated on the voices that we should listen to," she added.
"As a disabled woman, I firmly believe in the phrase, 'If you can see it, you can be it'."
Among the other international stars taking to the carpet on Monday night were Kate Moss, the Kardashians, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
Model Emily Ratajkowski, whose father is from Cork, walked out in a 'naked' dress with flamboyant winged headpiece.
Fastnet Film Festival organisers admitted securing the involvement of Ronan was a major coup for the 2019 event.