Galway-born composer Eimear Noone, who made history at the Oscars on Sunday night when she became the first female conductor in Academy Awards history, has said she "wanted little Irish girls to see it and just go, 'Yay! I can do that!'".
After arriving "just in the door from Dublin Airport", Noone was a guest on Tuesday's Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1, where she reflected on her Academy Awards experience - and the fact that she was not featured in the Oscars highlights programme shown by RTÉ2 on Monday night.
"I'm so full of the joys," she told the host. "But I heard, unfortunately, when I came into the airport today that unfortunately my performance was not included in the RTÉ highlights that all my family and friends and everyone stayed up to watch. But, you know, there was so much good that I can't complain. But, you know, it would have been nice."
"I have a memory that this happened before," said D'Arcy. "So I sort of knew what the answer was going to be when we asked for a statement [from RTÉ]. And it is; it's confirmed what I thought: that we don't have the rights to air the live feed of the Oscars. So what we get is an edited package from the Academy. And we're not responsible for the edit and we cannot stipulate that we want certain parts left in, so that's the reason. Now that's very unfortunate."
"I'm going to make representations in here to see if we can use our contacts to get you footage so you can get everybody 'round one of the nights for a private showing," D'Arcy continued. "I'll see if I can do that, would that make amends?"
"You know what? It's everywhere," Noone replied. "The build-up in Ireland has been amazing. The performance is online. What I was excited about was I just wanted little Irish girls to see it and just go, 'Yay! I can do that! I can do that!' That was in my heart and in my mind."
Sunday night's Oscars saw Noone making history as she conducted the orchestra as it performed the music of the composers shortlisted for Best Original Score.
How about having your performance introduced by three superheros, will that do?!! Sigourney Weaver, @GalGadot + this gorgeous person, Captain Marvel herself @brielarson, you filled my heart with super-strength! @theacademy #Oscars2020 @SigourneyWRuss pic.twitter.com/U88EZ54eG8— Eimear Noone (@eimearnoone) February 11, 2020
"It's going to take me a while to process it and sort out the head," she said.
"There was a lot made of it and I was surprised. I mean, God, the way I was treated by the Academy was amazing; the way I was treated by the producers... Afterwards at the Governor's Ball [producer] Stephaine Allain came up to me and she was like, 'I've been looking for you! I've been looking for you!' and gave me a big hug and told me she was really proud of me.
"I had women all night coming up to me, and men as well, of course, but so many women just coming up and giving me hugs.
"It was just amazing, and my beautiful colleague Hildur Guðnadóttir, who I adore, won the Oscar for Best Original Score [for Joker], [the] first woman in 20 years."
"It was just incredibly special to me," Noone added. "It touches your soul forever."