The success of film director Martin McDonagh has been recognised in Conamara, where locals have erected three billboards outside Leitir Mealláin.

The signs were put up over the weekend in homage to the award winning 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' movie, which took more awards at last night's BAFTA ceremony in London.

Erected on land close to the village, the three billboards read 'Réalt Mór Hollywood', 'Réalt Mór Leitir Mealláin' and 'Comhghairdeas Martin McDonagh'.

The writer's father is from the area and Mr McDonagh spent much time in Conamara over the years.

'Three Billboards... ' is nominated in seven categories at the forthcoming Oscars in Los Angeles.

Local man John Bhaba Jeaic O'Conghaile said the director's parents had informed their son about the gesture, and that Mr McDonagh was delighted that the community had recognised his success in such a fashion.

Mr O'Conghaile said the writer was returning to the US after last night's BAFTA ceremony, but that people in Conamara were hoping he would be back in the area with some golden statuettes after the Oscars.