The Irish Film Institute in Dublin has named actress Saoirse Ronan as its inaugural ambassador.

Ronan's role will involve a three-year commitment to act as an advocate for the IFI's work in exhibition, preservation and education.

The recently refurbished IFI in Dublin

In 2011, the Irish actress's recognition of the power of film led her to feature in the IFI’s preservation fundraising campaign. She helped raise awareness of vital funds needed to build a new preservation facility for materials preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.

Ronan, who is nominated for her fourth Oscar for her role in Little Women, will assist the IFI in championing the Irish film industry and the IFI’s work in preserving film culture.

"I am delighted to have been asked to be the inaugural IFI Ambassador," the Brooklyn actress said. "Film in Ireland is always something I will support.

Ronan in Little Women

"Our industry is going from strength to strength through the incredible projects being produced at home and abroad by Irish filmmakers, and by producers from across the pond also.

"IFI has always cared about great cinema, and I am honoured to play a small part in their effort to share the brilliant work that is out there with as many people as possible." 

IFI Director Ross Keane added: "Saoirse is a hugely gifted actress, and we are delighted to have a respected artist of her standing as our inaugural IFI Ambassador. Saoirse has achieved excellence in her craft, which is a value we strive for across our remit of film exhibition, preservation and education.

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Little Women director Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan talk to RTÉ Entertainment 

"Having previously collaborated with Saoirse on our fundraising campaign in 2011, we are thrilled to be working with her once again as she supports the Irish Film Institute into a new decade.

"This is a huge endorsement of the IFI, and I would like to express my deep gratitude to Saoirse for her unwavering support of our vision and mission to promote film culture."

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