Astronaut Chris Hadfield helps to make sure Pat's show will be out of this world
Pat Kenny's new chat show In the Round is set to be out of this world - if his first guest is anything to go by.
Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield is the first big name to feature in Kenny's upcoming series.
Hadfield became a household name when he performed a version of David Bowie's Space Oddity from the International Space Station.
He became particularly popular in Ireland when he sent the first-ever tweet 'as Gaeilge' from outer space and posted pictures of Dublin from space.
As he made his way into the Mansion House, where the chat show is being filmed, Hadfield admitted he was looking forward to talking about his life and career.
"It's rare that you get an hour to reflect on your life and delve back into things so I am looking forward to the conversation and the shared discovery," he said.
"I met Pat earlier this morning and it's clear he's done his homework. He knows a lot about me."
Hadfield, who will attend a book signing in Eason's Patrick Street store in Cork tomorrow, is in Dublin this week for his daughter Kristen's commencement ceremony.
She will graduate with a PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin.
"She'll be a doctor tomorrow and her mother and I couldn't be prouder," he said. "So there's lot of exciting things happening on the trip."
Kenny's new series is filmed in front of a live studio audience of 150 people.
Chris Hadfield and daughter Kristin
"We had to sign a confidentiality form beforehand so that's added to the curiosity," said one audience member, Catherine Healy, from Portmarnock.