HE'S interviewed superstars such as Tom Cruise and Will Smith on primetime BBC.
But yesterday TV presenter Graham Norton had a whole new experience – making a speech from the back of a flat-bed truck.
The 50-year-old took a trip down memory lane in his hometown as he opened a walkway named in his honour.
It reminded him of his youth, he said, when the only road he was interested in was the road out of Bandon, Co Cork.
"The last time I was here I was probably waiting for the bus to Cork. I thought I'd never come back," he recalled.
His mum, Rhoda Walker, joined her only son on his inaugural expedition up the river walkway, which runs alongside the old railway line and gasworks.
"He was always cheeky and funny," she said of Norton.
He said Bandon had changed beyond recognition and that one of the greatest changes he noticed was Ireland's young people.
"They're not precocious, they're not shy, they look you in the eye. They have a self-esteem that you don't see in other places," he said.