Northern Ireland

Delight at Cillian Murphy’s old school after his ‘inspiring Oscar win

Cillian Murphy was among the history-makers at the 2024 Oscars (Chris Pizzello/AP)
Cillian Murphy was among the history-makers at the 2024 Oscars. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

There was delight at Cillian Murphy’s old school community after his Oscar success for his starring role in Oppenheimer.

Principal David Barry said he “absolutely” expects students to be inspired by the Corkman’s Oscar win.

“Presentation Brothers College are delighted for Cillian and his family on his success in winning the Oscar,” Mr Barry told the PA news agency.

“We’re so proud to have one of our past pupils so successful on the world stage.

“The whole community is delighted and we want to congratulate Cillian on his fantastic success.

“Hopefully when he’s back in Cork he might be able to visit us.”

He added: “I suppose from his speech last night you can see that he was very supportive of everyone who helped him in his journey to winning the Oscar, he’s very clear and grounded in where he’s from as well and that comes from his own family background where he had supportive parents and a supportive family now.

“Your roots are really important and Cillian has worked abroad so often but really never forgets his roots and visits his parents regularly.”

Asked whether students would be inspired by his win, Mr Barry said: “Oh absolutely.

“The students here have always been big fans of him, even before Oppenheimer.”