The makers of An Cailín Ciúin and stars from The Banshees of Inisherin have reacted to their movies' Oscar nominations with a mixture of surprise and joy.

An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) has become the first Irish language feature film to be nominated for an Oscar.

The film received a nod for International Feature Film ahead of the 95th Academy Awards which will take place in March.

Based on Booker-prize nominated author Claire Keegan's novella Foster, the Irish adaption explores how Cáit is sent from her family in rural Ireland to stay with relations in Ring, Co Waterford, an Irish-speaking area, in 1981.

The official An Cailín Ciúin Twitter account responded to the news with: "Lá dár saol! Tá #AnCailínCiúin ag dul go dtí na hOscars!! We can barely believe it…#TheQuietGirl is going to the Oscars!

"To be nominated by @TheAcademy in the international feature film category is a truly historic moment for Irish film and the Irish language #TírnanÓg 💚"

Speaking about the film's Oscar nomination, writer-director, Colm Bairéad and producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoi from Inscéal, the production company behind the film, said: "We are honoured beyond words that An Cailín Ciúin/The Quiet Girl has been nominated for the 95th Academy Awards.

"This is a truly historic and meaningful moment for Irish film, the Irish people and the Irish language. Never before has an Irish film been nominated in this category.

Colm Bairéad and Cleona Ní Chrualaoi

"Never before has Irish-language art been given such a platform. This film has been an extraordinary labour of love and it has been a joy to see audiences the world over take it into their hearts.

"Our sincere thanks to the members of the Academy for embracing An Cailín Ciúin/The Quiet Girl and giving her a voice.

"Our huge thanks also to the funders of this film; TG4, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, to the Irish Film and Television Academy, Bankside Films and to all of our wonderful distributors around the world."

Meanwhile, The Banshees of Inisherin stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson have reacted to their nominations - Farrell for Best Actor in a Lead Role and Gleeson for Best Supporting Actor.

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson

In a statement, Farrell said: "Just so grateful to the Academy for all the love it's shared with the Banshees' cast and crew.

"Also, beyond honoured to be lumped together with my fellow nominees. A heartfelt congratulations to all the lads!"

Gleeson, who also stars in the Martin McDonagh film, which is about two friends who fall out on an Irish island, also got a nod alongside co-stars Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon.

Barry Keoghan

Gleeson said: "What an amazing wake-up call! I’m so proud and grateful to be part of The Banshees Of Inisherin on a personal and professional level. I’m absolutely thrilled for the whole brilliant cast and everyone at home.

"What a day for the Irish film industry on a world stage! Feels like a huge family outing on the cards! Thank you Academy. Thank you Martin! Thank you all!"

Meanwhile, in Summerhill in Dublin, the news of Keoghan's Oscar nomination was greeted with much joy. The actor spent his youth there and his family still live in the area.

Summerhill resident George Coughlan

'I'm over the moon, I hope he wins it,' said local man George Coughlan.

'They all love him around here, everybody knows him If he wins, we'll have the flags out. I hope he does.'

Another resident said, 'It's brilliant for the area, great for D1. He doesn't forget where he's from and he's worked hard to get where he is.'

Will he win?

'He's a winner in our eyes', she said.

Paul Mescal's sister, indie folk singer Nell Mescal, understandably got emotional over her sibling's brilliant news and admits she can't stop sobbing with pride over his Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Aftersun.

There was also a lot of love shown for Farrell on social media with many declaring that his nod was long overdue.

Social media users were also thrilled that Keoghan was recognised for his work on The Banshees of Inisherin.

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