Another award for Ronan but she loses out at Golden Globes
Saoirse Ronan added to her haul of awards last week for her role in Colm Toibin's Brooklyn.
The Carlow native picked up the Best Actress gong at the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle in Manhattan on Monday night.
Ronan, who was born in the Bronx and lived there until she was three, praised her parents' courage for moving to the city in her acceptance speech.
She was presented with the award by Liam Neeson, and joked on stage that she was called 'Saoirse from the Block' by her friends.
'I'm one of you! I am from the Bronx, after all. 'Saoirse from the Block' is what they call me," she joked, referring to Jennifer Lopez's 2002 hit single 'Jenny from the Block'.
Directed by John Crowley Brooklyn has been a huge hit with cinema goers with Ronan picking up several awards for her portrayal of Eilis Lacey although she lost out the Best Actress award during Sunday night's Golden Globes.
Scooping the Best Actress award at the New York Film Critics Circle is a promising omen for Ronan ahead of next month's Oscars. The New York Film Critics Circle gongs are the oldest and most esteemed awards handed out by film critics in the US.
For many working in the film industry, it is considered something of an Oscar precursor - with winners often racing to glory in the Academy Awards.
The shortlist for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday. If nominated it will be her second nomination having already been nominated at the age of 13 in the Best Supporting Actress category for her depiction of writer Briony Tallis in 'Atonement'.
Brooklyn which focuses on Ronan's character Eilis, a young woman from Enniscorthy, who emigrates to the United States to better her life, has performed well at the box office both at home and abroad taking in over €20m in the US and €2.6m in Ireland.
Ronan has already received the Best Actress award from the Moet British Independent Film Awards and an International Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.
She has also been nominated for a BAFTA award with Brookyln picking up a total of six nominations including Best Supporting Actress for Julie Walters, Best Adapted Screenplay, Costume and Design, Hair and Makeup and Outstanding British Film.