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Jeremy Irons buys island in south Cork

Jeremy Irons has revealed he has bought an island in south Cork
Marie Louise McConville

JEREMY Irons has revealed he has bought an island in Ireland.

The House of Gucci star, who owns a house in the Liberties area of Dublin, also already owns a castle in Kilcoe, south Cork which he bought with his wife, actress Sinead Cusack, in 1998 and refurbished over a five-year-period.

Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about his new movie Munich: The Edge of War, in which he plays British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, the 73-year-old revealed he had now bought an island next to his castle.

The actor said it is "a very small island with a little cottage on it".

"I can just about swim there from the castle, about 100 metres," he said.

He also revealed that he intends to rear "some Kerry ponies and some Galloway cattle to eat it down".

"I'm farming a little bit more than I'm acting," he said.

Recalling renovating Kilcoe Castle, Mr Irons said: "I remember when we were building it.

"We built the castellations, the bit that goes up and down. We very carefully planned it and had done models and all that and when it was finally built, we looked at it I thought it's wrong, it's too small.

"One of my friends said, `well I'm not telling the builder, you go up there'. So, I climbed up 13 floors of scaffolding and I got to the top and I said 'this is wonderful guys, this is wonderful what you've built, but actually you got to take it down, we've got to make it bigger. It's not strong enough'.

"He looked at me and said, 'the trouble with working with bloody actors are the bloody rehearsals'."

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