Max Irons was interviewed by The Times (London) for an article in the Times 2 supplement on Wednesday 10 September 2014.
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Max Irons is interviewed in The Sunday Times Culture section for 31 August 2014.
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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.”
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.
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)
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.
[Audio] Jeremy Irons Is Honorary Corkman – from thecork.ie
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.”
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.
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.