As Irish hopes are pinned on Brendan Gleeson, Normal People and Wolfwalkers as Golden Globes nominees, we take a look at the Irish stars that have brought home the gold.

Irish talent has gotten the nod many times over the years, with the likes of Cillian Murphy, Pierce Brosnan and Paul Mescal among those receiving nominations. But, despite great performances and talent to beat the band, just a select few have come out on top of their respective categories. 

Saoirse Ronan 

Saoirse Ronan’s first Golden Globe nomination came off the back of her career-launching performance in 2008 for Atonement, for which she also received her first Oscar nod, and another followed in 2016 for Brooklyn.

2019 was her lucky year, with a win for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy coming for her performance in Lady Bird. She dedicated her award to the woman in her life, giving her mum, who was home in Ireland, a shout-out as she watched Ronan take to the stage on FaceTime.

Ronan was on the shortlist again last year for Little Women, probably making her Ireland’s most prolific Golden Globes actor. 

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Colin Farrell 

It was first time’s the charm for Colin Farrell when he received a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical of Comedy for his role in 2009 for In Bruges. 

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in In Bruges

Accepting his award at the time he said it was an "absolute shock" and said "at least half of the award" belongs to his co-star Brendan Gleeson – who is nominated this year for his performance as Donald Trump in The Comey Rule. 

Farrell was nominated again for a Golden Globe in 2017 for The Lobster

Gabriel Byrne 

It may come as a surprise that Gabriel Byrne’s only Golden Globe nomination came for his work on television drama series In Treatment, and not one of his many big screen outings.

Gabriel Byrne in In Treatment

Byrne was triumphant at the 2009 ceremony, taking home the Lead Actor in a Drama TV Series award that year for his work on the series. 

2009 was a big year for the Irish as it was also the year Colin Farrell took home his. 

Jonathan Rhys Meyers 

If Saoirse Ronan is the most prolific Irish actor on the big screen at the Golden Globes, then the title goes to Jonathan Rhys Meyers for the small screen. 

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Another one to win on their first nomination, Rhys Meyers won his Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for TV in 2006 for his turn in Elvis.

Rhys Meyers then went on to earn back to back nominations in 2008 and 2009 for The Tudors


We’ve been focussing in on actors, but a special musical mention must go to U2 for their two Golden Globe wins – making them the most successful Irish stars at the awards show. 

They received their first nomination in 1994 for Faraway, So Close! and a second followed in 1996 for Batman Forever song Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me. They also received a nomination in 2010 for Winter on the Brothers soundtrack. 

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2003 was their lucky year, taking home the Golden Globe for Original Song for Hands That Built America, which features on the Gangs of New York soundtrack. 

At the 2014 ceremony, they struck gold yet again for their song Ordinary Love in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

You can watch the Golden Globes on RTÉ2 on Monday from 9:00pm