Carlow raised, Lady Bird star was hiking in Glendalough when she got news of her Golden Globe nomination

It'll be a nice start to 2018 for Saoirse Ronan, who earned her third Golden Globe nomination on Monday for her starring role in the critical darling Lady Bird.  Saoirse, 23, was home in Ireland when she heard the good news and wasn’t even thinking about the GGs.

“I actually forgot about it today because I was just on a different time zone and I was up and out of the house,” she told People magazine. “I had a friend over and we went to this beautiful site called Glendalough, which is a monastic site and there’s a beautiful lake and mountains. My bag just started to vibrate nonstop and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then I saw a bunch of missed calls from my publicist and I was like, ‘Oh s***, they’re out today!'”

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Her mom Monica also wasn’t focused on the announcement, Saoirse said.

“I called my mom and she didn’t answer!” she said.

 “She called me back and was like, ‘The one time I didn’t answer the phone!’ Because no matter what time of the day she always answers, and the one time I tried to get her because of the Golden Globe nomination she didn’t. I’m trying to persuade her to be my plus one in January.”

Saoirse’s been back home enjoying a bit of downtime before awards season kicks into high gear.  She went on The Late Late Show on Friday and defended herself against the absurd backlash in some sensitive quarters in Ireland against her Aer Lingus skit on Saturday Night Live a couple of weekends ago.

“I am not anti-Aer Lingus! Listen, I collect my points on Aer Lingus, that’s how often I fly Aer Lingus,” she responded to all the dimwits who accused her of paddywhackery in the skit…which truth be told was just plain unfunny, and not anti-Irish.

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Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird.