The Ireland Funds celebrates Ireland’s 2018 Academy Award nominees at a star-studded event in a major Hollywood hotspot.

An evening of celebration and conversation was hosted on February 28 by The Ireland Funds as a group of 250 supporters gathered in West Hollywood to toast Ireland’s nominees at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Los Angeles Irish star power came out strong and other guests attending this special night included Golden Globe-winning actor Colin Farrell (In Bruges, The Lobster), award-winning actors Aisling Bea (The Fall), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Get Shorty), Adam Fergus (Supernatural, Being Erica),  and other talent such as Aisha Tyler (Criminal Minds, Archer, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Friends), Sunday Times Bestselling author Dawn O’Porter, the Irish producers of Brooklyn, Nightflyers, Man About Dog, Ireland’s Consul General to the Western United States Robert O’Driscoll also attended.

In just a few months, Colin Farrell is slated to receive The Ireland Funds Performing Arts Award on May 3 at the organization’s annual New York Gala, the largest of The Ireland Funds’ 150+ global events.

Jonathan Loughran of The Ireland Funds, Barry O’Dowd of IDA Ireland, Colin Farrell, Aisha Tyler, Michelle Loughran of IDA Ireland , James Hickey of IFB.

Jonathan Loughran of The Ireland Funds, Barry O’Dowd of IDA Ireland, Colin Farrell, Aisha Tyler, Michelle Loughran of IDA Ireland , James Hickey of IFB.

Award-winning Irish actress Victoria Smurfit (ABC’s Once Upon A Time, NBC’s Dracula) hosted the evening at Ysabel restaurant along with Chris O’Dowd and his good friend Cartoon Saloon’s co-founder, Oscar-nominated producer Paul Young whose company is up for its 3rd Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature for The Breadwinner, executive-produced by Angelina Jolie and directed by Nora Twomey.

The evening was held in support of the philanthropic work of The Ireland Funds. As one of the largest sources of private support to Ireland’s nonprofit sector, the global organization assists projects that serve the island of Ireland and Irish communities around the word. The promotion and preservation of Irish culture and is one of its focus areas.

The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be held on March 4, 2018 and these Irish nominees are in the following categories:

 - Nora Twomey – nominated for Best Animated Feature for The Breadwinner

- Daniel Day Lewis – nominated for Best Lead Actor for Phantom Thread

- Saoirse Ronan – nominated for Best Lead Actress for Lady Bird

- Martin McDonagh – nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

- Consolata Boyle – nominated for Best Costume Design for Victoria & Abdul

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over half a billion dollars for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,000 different organizations.

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