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Friday 22 August 2014

Jeremy Paxman will be making hay this weekend - in Meath

Published 03/07/2014 | 08:24

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Jeremy Paxman leaves Newsnight after 25 years
Jeremy Paxman leaves Newsnight after 25 years

Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman will be among some of the famous guests speaking at this week’s Hay Festival in Kells.

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The journalist will be in Meath on Friday, giving talks on Britain and the Great War, as well as celebrating the centenary of the birth of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.

Paxman has more time on his hands since quitting BBC's Newsnight after 25 years last month.

The 64-year-old broadcaster was renowned for relentlessly rilling guests on the show, from Russell Brand to Peter Mandelson, with a trademark raised eyebrow and verbal abrasiveness.

Paxman will visit Kells for the second irish Hay Festival, which is an arts and literature festival as opposed to a hay-making festival like the one held annually in neighbouring Meath town, Trim.

The Hay Festival began 27-years ago in Hay-on-Wye in Wales where authors from around the world congregated to debate and share stories.  Hay now runs 15 festivals across five continents.

Irish comedian Jason Byrne, Michelin star chef Richard O’Keefe and Irish author Donal Ryan will be among those representing the Irish contingent in Kells this week.

Funny man Jason Byrne, started the jokes early, before he performs his live stand up gig on Saturday July 5.

“I don’t know much about Kells. I’d like find out more, do you know if there are any books about it?” he joked.

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