According to event organiser Manus O’Callaghan, Irons will be given the title to mark his work in restoring Kilcoe Castle near Ballydehob and for promoting arts and charities over 20 years in West Cork, as well as participating in many environmental campaigns.
“The award also celebrates his award-winning career, including an Oscar, for his work in film, theatre and television,” said Mr O’Callaghan.
Irons has also nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards which take place in Los Angeles this month for his role as Henry IV.
He won his best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune and has many film hits to his name, including The Mission, Lolita, and Die Hard with a Vengeance, and television success with Brideshead Revisited and The Borgias.
The awards ceremony, which takes place in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday, Jan 17, will be attended by 250 guests from many aspects of Cork city and county’s life.
It will be MC’ed by Sharon Ní Bheolain of RTE’s Six One News and MEP Brian Crowley.
Irons will receive his award from last year’s inaugural recipient, David Puttnam, who also has a home in West Cork.
The nominees for Cork Person of the Year include Catriona Twomey of Cork Penny Dinners; Munster and Irish rugby star Simon Zebo; inspirational mother of conjoined twins Angie Benhaffaf; and world 50km walking champion Rob Heffernan.
“Time flies when you’re having fun, they say, and certainly I have enjoyed the last 21 years,” said Mr O’Callaghan.
“People are inspired by people and hopefully by honouring achievement and celebrating success, others may be inspired to follow,” he added.
The award sponsors are the Irish Examiner, RTE, Southern Advertising, Lexus Cork and the Gleeson Group.