It was a night of disappointment at the Emmys on Sunday for the Irish as Normal People failed to win in three separate categories and Fiona Shaw missed out on the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award.

Kildare actor Paul Mescal, who played Connell in Normal People was denied the Lead Actor award by Mark Ruffalo, Lenny Abrahamson missed out on the director gong, while author Sally Rooney and Alice Birch failed to land the award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series.

While Mescal may have lost out, it was remarkable for the 24-year-old to get a nomination in a category that included such Hollywood heavyweights as Ruffalo and Hugh Jackman.

Mark Ruffalo won his first Primetime Emmy for his starring role in I Know This Much Is True

Ruffalo picked up the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series award for his dual role in I Know This Much Is True, in which he starred as identical twin brothers, one of whom is a paranoid schizophrenic.

He said the show asks a "big question" about how society looks after its most vulnerable people, before saying the US faces a "big moment" ahead of November's presidential election.

Ruffalo urged people to vote for "compassion and kindness".

Other nominees included Jeremy Irons and Hugh Jackman. Watchmen won the best writing for a limited series award, a category in which Normal People was also nominated.

This is the second time Fiona Shaw has been nominated for her role in Killing Eve

It was a case of second time around for Fiona Shaw, who had been nominated for her role as Carolyn Martens in Killing Eve, and it was the second year in succession that she missed out.

She was nominated twice last year, for her roles in Killing Eve and Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag.

This year, the 62-year-old, who is from Cork, was pipped by Julia Garner, who won for her work as Ruth Langmore in Netflix drama Ozark.

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