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The top actor - who starred in movie blockbusters Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down - is coming to Dublin to be a guest presenter at the glitzy showbiz bash on February 20.
Hartnett, who was raised in the US but is of Irish descent, is planning to stay here for several days to catch up with friends and relatives.
Last night the star spoke exclusively to the Sunday World about his Irish visit.
"I'm thrilled to attend the Irish Film and Television Awards and spend some more time in my ancestors' country. I'm proud of my Irish roots and
really looking forward to being part of this great night," Hartnett
The star will present an IFTA on the night and will take the opportunity to catch up with family. "My father is half Irish and I've spent quite a bit of time in Ireland," he said.