The Irish Independent
About Jeremy Irons appearance on TG4’s Faoi Lan Cheoil
November 30, 2008
by Declan Lynch
Then TG4 showed Faoi Lan Cheoil, which performed the important public service of bringing us inside the castle of Jeremy Irons in West Cork, to see him playing the fiddle. Or at least learning how to play it, in the diddley- aye style.
Irons was giving access-all-areas to his teacher, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh, and he came across as a most engaging fellow. But while a trip to Miltown Malbay to the Willie Clancy Summer School was fair enough in the making of a traditional Irish music celebrity reality show, some would question the validity of a trip to New Mexico in that context.
O’Raghallaigh went there, to visit Irons on the set of the major motion picture Appaloosa. Yes, it might raise eyebrows in the offices of the Comptroller and Auditor General to see the words “New Mexico” on that itinerary, but it was justified on the grounds that it was actually very interesting to see Jeremy Irons relaxing in his trailer out there in the desert. In fact, I can’t recall ever seeing a movie star relaxing in his trailer before.
And even though he was making a movie, crucially, he was still learning how to play the fiddle. He was nearing the end of the journey which would enable him to stand up at the Fiddle Fair Festival in Baltimore (Co Cork) with Martin Hayes and friends and play a few tunes. Money well spent there.