Jeremy Irons Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Jeremy Irons was nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge by Maureen Forrest, of The Hope Foundation. The Ice Bucket Challenge supports awareness and raises funds for ALS and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

He completed the challenge, from the rooftop of Kilcoe Castle. Jeremy has also nominated his neighbour, actor and writer, Rob Heyland; his sister-in-law Niamh Cusack; and his youngest son Max Irons.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

To learn more about The Hope Foundation visit their website.

To support the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) text 50300 to MND (in Ireland) or visit THIS SITE.

To support the #ALSIceBucketChallenge in the United States click HERE.

Jeremy Irons Attends Prince’s Teaching Institute Event

Jeremy Irons was in attendance at the Prince’s Teaching Institute Summer Residency joint English, History, Art and Music Summer School event at Homerton College Cambridge, on Tuesday 24 June 2014.

Read more HERE.

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Jeremy Irons at the Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards

Jeremy Irons, a patron of The Prince’s Trust, was in attendance on Wednesday 12 March, at the Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, England.

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Jeremy Irons Attends Chickenshed Theatre Book Launch

On Sunday 15 December 2013, Jeremy Irons attended the book launch of the Chickenshed Theatre’s new book celebrating their first 40 years, entitled Chickenshed: An Awfully Big Adventure, by Elizabeth Thomson. Also in attendance were Chickenshed founders Jo Collins and Mary Ward, Sinead Cusack, Geoffrey Palmer and the book’s author, Elizabeth Thomson.

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From the Chickenshed.org.uk website:

Chickenshed – An Awfully Big Adventure

Chickenshed – An Awfully Big Adventure is a specially commissioned new book which commemorates and captures Chickenshed’s many highlights and achievements over the last 40 years, to coincide with our 40th Festival Year celebrations during 2014.

Packed full of stunning photographs from 40 years of shows, performers and supporters, it takes the reader through the history and on a phenomenal journey of both remembrance and discovery. This beautiful, glossy, one-off book is perfect as a memento as well as a gift for anyone with a relationship or an interest in Chickenshed past, present and future.

Order your copy at Box Office

Chickenshed – An Awfully Big Adventure can now be purchased (cost: £25) from our Box Office. If you’d like to have a look before buying there’s a display copy at the Box Office for your perusal.

You will also be able to purchase the book online from our website soon.

About the author

Liz Thomson is well known in the publishing industry. She has contributed articles and interviews to newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as to The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians. Previously Associate Editor and Editor of the business weekly Publishing News, she is the founding Editor of BookBrunch, the online daily bulletin and website for the publishing industry. She broadcasts widely, both in Britain and abroad, and has interviewed authors at Hay, Dartington and the Southbank. She was named a Woman of the Year in 2005.

Jeremy Irons at Carol Concert for Place2Be

Jeremy Irons was one of the readers at a Carol Concert to benefit Place2Be, on Monday 9 December 2013, at St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, London. Jeremy read “Christmas” by John Betjeman. (Scroll down for complete text)

All photos by Colin Baldwin Photography:

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Christmas by John Betjeman

The bells of waiting Advent ring,
The Tortoise stove is lit again
And lamp-oil light across the night
Has caught the streaks of winter rain
In many a stained-glass window sheen
From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.

The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
‘The church looks nice’ on Christmas Day.

Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says ‘Merry Christmas to you all’.

And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.

And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children’s hearts are glad.
And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!’
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.

And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?

And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,

No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.

Jeremy Irons at Prison Phoenix Trust 25th Anniversary Celebration

Prison Phoenix Trust patron Jeremy Irons was at HMP Grendon on 11 July 2013, as part of the Trust’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Jeremy read excerpts from letters by prisoners who have written to the Trust. He also read from Shakespeare’s Richard II.

Audio clips have been made available by the Prison Phoenix Trust.

In this clip, Jeremy Irons tells us the history of the Prison Phoenix Trust:

Jeremy Irons at Grendon Prison for PPT 25th

Heal the Bay honors Jeremy Irons at Bring Back the Beach

Heal the Bay honored Jeremy Irons at their 2013 Bring Back the Beach gala, for his contribution to the short film The Majestic Plastic Bag.

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