Jeremy Irons Hosts Watlington Horticultural Show

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Jeremy Irons opened his home in Watlington to the public on Sunday 29th June 2014.

Watlington in Bloom presented its horticultural show and Music in the Summer Garden event at the house in Hill Road, which the actor shares with his wife, actress Sinead Cusack.

Organiser Gill Bindoff asked that entrants arrive between 10am and noon. The show was open to the public from 2pm to 4pm.

In the evening, Chamber Variations, a quintet, entertained guests with music by Elgar, Mozart and others.

Tickets cost £15, which included light refreshments.

Tim Horton, of Watlington in Bloom, said: “These are occasions to celebrate local achievement, whether in growing or preserve-making.

“We can expect a boost to funds that will allow us to roll out new schemes and help with the look of the town.”

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Jeremy Irons at the Irish Film and Television Awards

Jeremy Irons was in attendance at the Irish Film and Television Awards on Saturday 5 April 2014.  He was a presenter and he also accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film, on behalf of Sinead Cusack, for The Sea.  The awards took place at Dublin’s Doubletree by Hilton Burlington Road and were broadcast live on RTÉ ONE at 9.35PM.

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Jeremy Irons Attends ‘Other Desert Cities’ Press Night

Jeremy Irons was in attendance for the Press Night of Other Desert Cities, currently at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack attend an after party celebrating the press night performance at Skylon Grill on March 24, 2014 in London, England.

(Photos by David M. Benett/Getty Images and  Photos by Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage)

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Jeremy Irons Made Honorary Corkman

Jeremy Irons was made an Honorary Corkman, at a luncheon ceremony at the Rochestown Park Hotel. Jeremy received the award from last year’s recipient producer Lord David Puttnam.

Video and an article from Independent.ie – ‘Now I’m an honorary Corkman I am not quite such a blow in’

Video from Independent.ie

RTE Video – Jeremy Irons Made an Honorary Corkman at Cork People of the Year Awards

[Audio] Jeremy Irons Is Honorary Corkman – from thecork.ie

Audio of Jeremy’s reaction to the Honorary Corkman Award from redfm.ie

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Irish Independent – by Ralph Riegel – 17 January 2014
CONSUMMATE English actor, Jeremy Irons (65), admitted he was “absolutely thrilled’ to be made an honorary Irishman.

The Academy Award winning star, who lives in Kilcoe Castle in west Cork with his Dublin-born wife, Sinead Cusack, was made an honorary Corkman as he received the award from fellow west Cork resident, ‘Chariots of Fire’ producer, Lord David Puttnam.

“It is a huge honour and a great pleasure. I am a blow in and I have been a blow in for 35 years. I suppose I will always be a blow in.”

“But at least now that I am an honorary Corkman I am not quite such a blow in. I am hoping that when I am stopped for going slightly over the speed limit the fact that I am an honorary Corkman may help tilt the balance. I am chuffed.”

He said he loves life in Ireland because people treat him as an ordinary person and not as a Hollywood celebrity.

“West Cork is a place where I ground myself. It is a place where I am surrounded by people who accept me for who I am and not for the fame that surrounds me.”

“That is very grounding for a person who works in a profession where you are constantly over-hyped. You know your true value is not the value that some people seem to attach to you.”

The actor has starred in some of the most critically acclaimed films of the past 30 years including ‘Reversal of Fortune’, ‘The Mission’ and ‘Lolita’ as well as blockbusters including ‘Die Hard With A Vengeance’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’.

“West Cork (offers) a very honest evaluation. People who live there work when they have to so as to live as they wish. People are much happier to be sitting talking, eating great food of which there is wonderful produce in west Cork and enjoying the wonderful countryside. It is a very special place on God’s earth.”

The star splits his time between west Cork, London and Oxfordshire but he said he hopes to spend even more time in Ireland.

“One of the advantages of being a blow in is that you can blow out every now and then. But I was swimming off (Kilcoe) Castle on Christmas Day and I nearly died with the cold but it was a glorious day. Last summer I thought I had died and gone to heaven in west Cork.”

Mr Irons also vowed to make his first film in Ireland – and said he would love to work on a suitable script for a film dealing with the Great Famine.

“A good script is all it takes. That’s all it ever takes. Movies come from good scripts and not locations. If we find a story which can be told here I will be so happy. But I would like to do a story about the famine. The famine is something that lurks…particularly down in west Cork. It is very much in the (Irish) psyche but has never really been faced because the horrors were too great. I would love to do a story that addresses that and, so to speak, helps lance the boil.”

However, he refused to be drawn on Kerry-born star, Michael Fassbender, and his chances of Academy Award glory next month for his role in ‘Twelve Years as a Slave’.

“I am not allowed to say because I vote (in the Academy). But there are some extraordinary performances this year. It is a very strong year. Michael is a fantastic actor…as another actor looking at him I think he is far too good.”

Corkman of the Year nominee, World Champion athlete Ron Heffernan (35), admitted he had other reasons to be nervous than sharing a stage with Jeremy Irons and Lord Puttnam as his wife, Marian, is expecting a baby within 24 hours.

“I have the overnight bag packed and we’re ready to go at a minute’s notice. But I’ll be driving her to the hospital and not walking because I’ve put on a few kilos over Christmas,” he laughed.

“It has been an incredible few months. There was the gold medal in Russia, then there was the Corkman of the Year nomination and now Marian is due any day now. I just can’t believe all that has happened.”

Irish Independent

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 the Savannah Film Festival

Jeremy Irons received a Lifetime Achievement Award at 16th Annual Savannah Film Festival

SAVANNAH, Georgia—Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons received a Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, Oct. 28, at the 16th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design and running Oct. 26–Nov. 2.

Irons also participated in a Q-and-A after a special screening of Adrian Lyne’s 1997 adaptation of Vladimir Navokov’s novel, “Lolita,” in which he starred alongside Melanie Griffith and Frank Langella.

Listen to a 31 minute audio clip of the Q&A after the screening of Lolita:

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Jeremy participated in a Q-and-A after a screening of his environmental docmentary Trashed.

View an album of photos by Andrea Cunningham.

Jeremy also led a discussion at the Clarence Thomas Center Chapel for the Historic Preservation Society, at 11:00am on Tuesday 29 October 2013, to discuss restoring Kilcoe Castle.

Savannah Film Fest: Jeremy Irons Talks His Career, State Of The Industry, Which Film Deserves More Appreciation & More – from Indiewire

- See more at: http://filmfest.scad.edu/press/Jeremy-Irons-to-receive-Lifetime-Achievement-Award#sthash.Ckm1gvVM.dpuf

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Jeremy Irons at Armani One Night Only NY

Jeremy Irons, wearing Armani, attended the Giorgio Armani One Night Only NYC event at Super Pier on October 24, 2013 in New York City.

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Jeremy Irons Attends Chickenshed Theatre Annual Gala

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack attended the Chickenshed Theatre UK Annual Gala at Guildhall in London on Wednesday 16 October 2013.

Jeremy was this year’s Guest of Honour.

Learn more about Chickenshed HERE.

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Jeremy Irons Attends ‘The Last Impresario’ Screening

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack attended a screening of the new film The Last Impresario, as part of the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 13, 2013 in London, England.

Learn more about the film HERE. Jeremy is an interviewee in the film.

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Photo via @thisisnic on Twitter

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Jeremy Irons Fights to Ban HGVs from Watlington

From The Daily Mail

Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons in fight to ban lorries from his Oxfordshire town

  • The revered actor is leading Watlington Against Pollution and HGVs
    The group is fighting for a ban on lorries using the town as a rat-run
    Lorries regularly pass through on their way between the M4 and M40

He is a passionate campaigner on green issues, and now Jeremy Irons has backed a campaign to ban lorries from the quaint Oxfordshire town where he lives.

The Oscar–winning actor has thrown his weight behind an action group to prevent HGVs using the narrow streets of Watlington as a rat-run between the M40 and M4.

The market town – reputedly the smallest in the country – is regularly snarled up with lorries whose drivers, looking for a shortcut between Oxford and Reading, are directed there by their satnavs.

Watlington Against Pollution and HGVs plans to put pressure on local councils to take action against the out-of-place vehicles.

Irons, 65, star of Brideshead Revisited, lives in the picturesque town with his wife, Sinead Cusack, which has been used as the backdrop for ITV crime drama, Midsomer Murders.

Nestled between the Vale of Oxford and the steep slopes of the Chilterns, records show it was once the site of a Saxon settlement in the 8th century.

But Bronze Age axe and Roman coins have also been excavated, suggesting it has a much earlier past.

Keith Lovelace, the group’s chairman, said: ‘Jeremy Irons is a resident of Watlington and he feels strongly about it so it makes sense for him to be part of it.

‘We all know that if there is a celebrity behind a cause then it gets better publicity.

‘We have a lot of people behind us and we are determined to succeed.’

An air pollution report conducted earlier this year found that readings were similar to those recorded in the London borough of Lewisham.

This was due to the number of large vehicles and the tall buildings in narrow streets acting like a canyon affect, trapping it low to the ground.

Irons, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1991 for his portrayal of the fictional character Claus von Bülow in the Hollywood blockbuster, Reversal of Fortune, agreed to become patron after being made aware of the pressure group by his personal assistant, who was already a member.

Mr Lovelace said they understood the need for lorries to supply businesses and deliveries to homeowners, and the group is targeting passing HGVs.

One measure being looked at is to introduce a congestion charge scheme.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2455694/Jeremy-Irons-fights-ban-lorries-Oxfordshire-town-Watlington.html#ixzz2hY7sXvYn
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