Martin McDonagh’s ‘míle buíochas’ for Leitir Mealláin’s mighty message

Local historian John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaola who helped erect the three billboards at Leitir Mealláin to celebrate Martin McDonagh’s success at the BAFTA awards. McDonagh’s 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' won five BAFTAS and has now added two Oscars to that tally.
Local historian John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaola who helped erect the three billboards at Leitir Mealláin to celebrate Martin McDonagh’s success at the BAFTA awards. McDonagh’s 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' won five BAFTAS and has now added two Oscars to that tally.

His movie took two of the main Oscars earlier this week – but ahead of the awards, its writer and director Martin McDonagh hadn’t forgotten his Connemara roots, penning a note to thank local people for their unique show of support.

The son of a Connemara father and Sligo mother sent a note of thanks to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta over the weekend to thank the local community who erected the three billboards outside Leitir Mealláin – his father’s home place – earlier this month to celebrate the success of his film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

This week Three Billboards won two Oscars, taking the Academy Awards for Best Actress with Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor with Sam Rockwell.

The London-born writer and director missed out on the Best Picture Award – but at around the same time as the Academy Awards were warming up, his note of thanks (as Gaeilge) to RnaG presenter Máirtín Tom Sheáinín was being read out on his request programme Togha agus Rogha on Sunday.

In it, Martin 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 erected the signs.

Martin’s father, Johnny Mhichael Choilm Rua 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.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.