MATT DAMON has recorded a heartwarming message for secondary school students in South Dublin.
The Hollywood star, who has been residing in Dalkey since lockdown began, filmed a clip of himself congratulating the sixth-year pupils of Loreto Abbey on what was supposed to be their last day at school.
He said: "Hey this is Matt Damon. I just want to say congratulations to the Loreto Abbey graduating class of 2020.
"You guys are awesome and I am sorry you have to do this from quarantine. Congratulations, what an achievement. Good for you guys. Thinking about you."
The Oscar-winner has been enjoying his stay in the leafy Dublin suburb alongside his wife, Luciana Barrosa, and their children, Isabella, Gia and Stella.
Damon has been in the Irish capital since early March, having flown over for filming on his latest film, The Last Duel, a historical drama being directed by Ridley Scott.
BREAKING: (hearts💘!) Special message just now from the lovely lad next door, for the 6th yr girls, Loreto Abbey Dalkey. Cool surprise org by their amazing teachers on what would have been their final day in school. Fair play #MattDamon #LeavingCert pic.twitter.com/4PQttJyNQb
— Flor Mac Carthy (@florNEWS) May 15, 2020
Filming on the project was almost immediately shut down, however, with the Good Will Hunting star opting to remain in Dalkey.
"It's been incredible,” he told Spin 103.8's Fully Charged breakfast show in an exclusive interview.
“This is one of the most beautiful places we've ever been. Obviously what's going on in the world is horrible but I've got my whole family; I'm with my kids and we have teachers with us because we were planning on missing school for about eight weeks."
"We've got what nobody else has, which is live human beings teaching our kids so we feel guilty. We've got this set-up in this incredible place. It's absolutely gorgeous.
"Even in the 2km lockdown, we've got trees, and woods and ocean. I can't think of any place you'd rather be in a 2km radius of."