Saturday 20 December 2014

Quizmaster Graham gives thanks to his adopted village

Published 02/08/2014 | 02:30

Graham Norton meets fans before hosting the table quiz in Ahakista, Co Cork
Graham Norton meets fans before hosting the table quiz in Ahakista, Co Cork
Norton with Alex, Mollie and Tony O’Brien and dog Cooper

BBC chat show king Graham Norton last night hosted a sell-out table quiz in his adopted village of Ahakista, Co Cork.

The star agrees to annually host the table quiz in thanks for the kindness locals showed him when he first moved to the tightknit west Cork community – and for the way in which they respect his privacy.

Tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes for the table quiz which is now the highlight of the Aloha Ahakista Regatta Festival.

Organisers admitted that this year some people queued from the early hours of the morning on the first day of sale to ensure a place in the quiz.

Such is the demand from Bandon-born Norton's legion of UK fans that the festival organisers were swamped by pleading letters for table quiz tickets from all over England, Scotland and Wales.

The TV host and comedian is launching a new memoir on October 23. Entitled 'The Life and Loves of a He-Devil', the book is a memoir which deals with both his life and the theme of love. The star's Cork childhood will feature prominently in the memoir.

It is widely tipped to be one of the best sellers for the UK Christmas market.

Irish Independent

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