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'Say what now?' - Graham Norton is in the running for title of Dreamiest West Cork Man

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The contenders for Dreamiest West Corkonian: Ryan Price, Conor Hourihane, Ruairi Deane, Graham Norton, Paul O'Donovan, Jeremy Irons

The contenders for Dreamiest West Corkonian: Ryan Price, Conor Hourihane, Ruairi Deane, Graham Norton, Paul O'Donovan, Jeremy Irons

Graham Norton

Graham Norton

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The contenders for Dreamiest West Corkonian: Ryan Price, Conor Hourihane, Ruairi Deane, Graham Norton, Paul O'Donovan, Jeremy Irons

Who knew West Cork had produced so many dreamy men?

West Cork's local newspaper, The Southern Star, is asking readers to vote for the "dreamiest West Corkonian" and the line up includes BBC presenter Graham Norton, who seems bemused by the news.

Graham, who grew up in Bandon, accompanied a retweet of the Southern Star's survey tweet with the caption, "Say what now????"

Norton (54) is up against Hollywood star Jeremy Irons (69) and four local sports stars - rower Paul O'Donovan, GAA stars Ruairi Deane and Ryan Price, and soccer star Conor Hourihane.

The poll is part of the paper's 'The Great West Cork Love Survey' which aims to find out how the people of West Cork conduct their romantic lives.

Graham left cork in 1983/84 but told Independent.ie that while he didn't love Ireland back then he really loves going back now.

"I certainly never felt I would go back," he said in 2016, "because it didn't feel like a place that I fitted in. It didn't feel like a place that I would flourish.

"It is interesting now, because now I really love going back, and I am always sad when I leave, but I wonder if I was 18 now back at UCC would I still want to leave.

"It seems to me that the curtains have been drawn and the windows thrown open. Ireland physically seems brighter. Maybe it is only because I only spend the summers there."

Online Editors