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Saturday 16 December 2017

I'll never come home to work, says Graham

LONDON HOME: Graham Norton may retire to west Cork
LONDON HOME: Graham Norton may retire to west Cork

THE highest-paid Irish broadcaster has ruled out any question of returning home to work.

Graham Norton, who last night hosted a charity table quiz in Ahakista in west Cork, where he has a holiday home, said he was "a bit surprised" to hear that Pat Kenny had switched from RTE to Newstalk.

The Bandon-born star ruled out suggestion he will undertake work in Ireland.

"I don't think I will ever come back here to work ... I quite like my job as it is in London. I spend a lot of time here anyway. When I retire I will definitely spend a lot more time here."

Graham said he loves Ahakista and the kindness of locals who respect his privacy but also warmly welcomed him into their community.

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 in the west Cork town.

Graham Norton agreed to support the Ahakista Regatta Festival by hosting a table quiz where the top prize was two tickets for the Graham Norton Show including access to the green room to meet the stars of that night's programme.

Tickets for the event sold out in just 20 minutes.

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