Chat show host Graham Norton joked that he dreamed of winning an Oscar but he'd never imagined having a walkway in his home town named after him.
“I've never made a speech on the back of a flat bed (truck) before. I'm thrilled to be here today,” he said.
The TV show host was back in his native Bandon to officially open the waterway where he was joined by his mother Rhoda Walker.
He joked that the road reminded him of his youth when the only road he was interested in was the road out. “The last time I was here I was probably waiting for the bus to Cork. I thought I'd never come back,” he said.
Thanking Mayor Deirdre Lane and the hundreds strong crowds that braved the wet weather to celebrate the opening, he joked it was a 'soft day.'
Answering questions from the audience, the TV star declared Madonna and Tom Cruise as the guests he is most in awe of.
“I'm in awe of Madonna, but I knew I was going to be in awe of Madonna but the one I was surprised about was Tom Cruise because I didn't really care about Tom Cruise and I didn't meet him before hand but then when he walked out, I was gobsmacked because you don't really realise how famous he is until you see him and you think wow I've seen you in a lot of films,” he said.