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Ellen Degeneres gives Brooklyn star Saoirse Ronan sandwich board to help world pronounce Irish name

She is one of the rising stars in the acting world - but Hollywood is still having trouble pronouncing Irish actress Saoirse Ronan's name.

The Irish-American actress has received critical acclaim for her role in Brooklyn, a film about a young woman leaving her small town in Ireland to move to New York in the 1950s.

Ronan was born in the Bronx, New York, to Irish parents Paul and Monica Ronan, then raised briefly in Co Carlow then Dublin and London.

But how to say her name has caused award show hosts and presenters numerous difficulties since she burst onto the big screen.

The most recent person to get it wrong was actor Dennis Quaid who called her 'She Sha' when he announced her Golden Globes nomination.

He clearly wasn't listening when Ryan Gosling presented Ronan with a Hollywood Film Award in November last year and offered the audience in Beverly Hills a lesson in how to pronounce her name.

"It's not Say-or-see or Seer-say or Sor-cery but it probably should's Ser-sha like inertia", he said.

But American chat show host Ellen Degeneres has went a step further in her bid to help the world with the pronunciation of the Irish name which means freedom - by giving her a sandwich board to wear with the phonetic spelling of her name.

It reads: "Hello, my name is Sur-sha".

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