Star of Oscar-winning movie enjoys an Irish Hello as he returns to Belfast

An Irish Goodbye actor James Martin and director Ross White arrive for a homecoming celebration at Belfast's Grand Central Hotel on Thursday. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Paul Ainsworth

STAR of Oscar-winning short An Irish Goodbye, James Martin, returned to Belfast amid continuing celebrations following this week's Academy Award success.

The 31-year-old actor arrived at a reception in Belfast's Grand Central Hotel along with the film's co-director, east Belfast's Ross White, where they were greeted by Belfast lord Mayor Tina Black, and his proud dad, broadcaster Ivan Martin.

James had touched down in Dublin earlier on Thursday after returning from an unforgettable excursion to Los Angeles for Sunday's Oscar ceremony, during which he was serenaded with 'Happy Birthday' by A-list Hollywood stars as he joined An Irish Goodbye co-stars, Ross, and the film's other director Tom Berkeley on stage to accept the Best Short statuette.

The film, in which James stars alongside Ballymena actor Seamus O'Hara as two estranged brothers coming together after their mother's death, was shot on location across the north, and is set in rural Co Tyrone.


James embraces dad Ivan Martin at the Belfast party to welcome the 31-year-old actor back to Belfast after An Irish Goodbye won Best Short Film at last Sunday's Academy Awards. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.


At Dublin Airport, James and Ross were greeted with a round of applause as they stepped into arrivals with the film's producer Pearce Cullen.

James spoke with reporters of his time at the glitzy Oscars afterparties, including a bash thrown by Elton John, and another by Vanity Fair magazine, where they rubbed shoulders with the stars.

Actor James Martin, co-director Ross White and producer Pearce Cullen as the Oscar-wining team behind short film The Irish Goodbye arrives back at Dublin Airport (PA/Brian Lawless)

Speaking of Elton John, James, who also works as a Starbucks barista in Belfast, said: "He knows how to party."

Ross revealed that James had also hit the dancefloor with outgoing host of The Late Late Show in the US, James Corden.

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