Jeremy Irons to accept new 'role' - as a Corkman
English actor Jeremy Irons (65) is to be made an honorary Irishman.
The Academy Award-winning actor will receive the tribute next Friday alongside David Puttnam of 'Chariots of Fire' fame.
Both men are long-time residents of Cork and have become deeply involved in cultural, artistic and charity events in Ireland.
The duo will be made honorary Corkmen in recognition of the contribution to local culture.
The awards will be presented as part of the 2013 Corkman of the Year awards hosted by Brian Crowley MEP and RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain.
The British actor, hailed as the outstanding talent of his generation, has been a long-time resident in west Cork with his Dublin-born wife, Sinead Cusack.
Incredibly, despite almost half a century of Irish connections, the actor has never been involved in an Irish-based film project.
"I would love to work here. I have dozens of friends in Irish film and theatre," he told the Irish Independent.