Quiz master Graham to help with village festival
BBC star Graham Norton will do the neighbourly thing and supporting the local festival in his adopted village.
The chat show host and comedian will serve as quiz master for a special charity table quiz in Ahakista in west Cork next Friday.
Mr Norton, the highest paid Irish-born TV star, bought a house in Ahakista several years ago and has become deeply involved in local community activities.
The table quiz is being organised as part of the Ahakista Aloha Regatta and Festival. Tickets for the quiz sold out in less than 10 minutes with the event now the undisputed highlight of the festival.
Mr Norton, a native of Bandon, previously had a holiday apartment in Cork city but relocated to Ahakista which he has described as his "dream getaway".
He now spends a substantial part of the summer in west Cork. Last month, he took to social media to extol the virtues of living in the scenic coastal community.
Mr Norton admitted that he loves Ahakista and the kindness of locals who respect his privacy but also warmly welcomed him into their community.
"It is such a wonderful place," he said.
He has since backed a number of local initiatives, ranging from Bantry General Hospital support campaigns through to local festival and historical societies.
His mother, Rhoda, still lives in Bandon and he now has a river walk named in his honour.
Mr Norton has also been regularly invited back to Bandon Grammar, his former secondary school, to be guest of honour at the annual prize-giving day.
Other stars who call west Cork home include Oscar winning actor, Jeremy Irons, acclaimed film producer Sir David Puttnam, Walt Disney heir, Roy Disney, and director Neil Jordan.
Mr Norton has said he loves the beauty of Ahakista and the peace it offers him from the rigours of his hectic career in London.
A former arts student at University College Cork, he was honoured by the college in June 2013 with an honorary degree. Mr Norton has said that he hopes to be able to spend increased time in west Cork.