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Martin McDonagh Sends Note of Thanks to Connemara Community
05 Mar 2018 :
Oscar-nominee Martin McDonagh sent a note of thanks to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta over the weekend to thank the community in Connemara who erected the three billboards outside Leitir Mealláin, his father’s homeplace, earlier this month to celebrate the success of his film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’.

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, garnered two Oscars at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony last night, although McDonagh himself missed out on an award for ‘Best Original Screenplay’. 

The note of thanks was sent to RnaG presenter Máirtín Tom Sheáinín to be read out on his request programme Togha agus Rogha on Sunday, and in it McDonagh thanked all those involved in putting up the billboards, from the farmer who allowed them to be put on his land, to the local school, and to the lads who put up the signs.

This is the translation of the note:

“I’d like to say thanks a million to everyone involved in putting up the billboards in Leitir Mealláin. Thanks for the farmer who gave his land, to the school, to the Heritage Centre, to the committee in Comhar Chuigéil  and especially to the lads who did the hard work of putting up the billboards. I’ve seen the pictures, and they look brilliant.  I hope to get over to see them for myself soon.  Fair play to you all.  Martin.”

Martin’s father, Johnny Mhichael Choilm Mac Donncha, said in an interview with Máirtín Tom Sheáinín on the station a few weeks ago that his son was very excited about the Oscars.  

The original note:
“Tá mé ag iarraidh mo mhíle buíochas a rá le gach duine a ghlac páirt leis na billboards a chur suas i Leitir Mealláin.  Buíochas ó chroí don fheirmeoir a thug an talamh, don scoil, don Ionad Oidhreachta, do Chomhairle Chuigéil agus go mór mhór na leaids a rinne an obair chrua na billboards a chur suas.  Tá na pictiúirí feicthe agam agus breathnaíonn siad iontach.  Tá súil agam iad a fheiceáil dom féin amach anseo.  Fair play díobh ar fad.  Martin.”




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