He’s probably our most beloved export.
And if you’re out and about in Bandon next week, you will very likely see Graham Norton strolling around in his hometown as he drops by to launch a book about his old school.
Our Graham will be in town to perform the official launch of a book about the history of Bandon Grammar, written by principal Ian Coombes, on Monday, November 25th.
The BBC chat show host, known as Graham Walker back then, was a student at the school, one of the oldest secondary schools in Ireland, finishing his studies there in 1981 before heading for the bright lights of London.
The superstar chat show host and author spends a lot of time supporting local projects and even has a river walk named in his honour. He returns to officially launch ‘Bandon Grammar School — A History’ at a ticketed event, with a crowd of 600 guests expected to attend.
The book, which took around three years to complete, required extensive research and Mr Coombes consulted school records, old editions of the school’s magazine, newspaper records, the Cork Constitution, as well as memorabilia from past pupils to detail the school’s 378-year history.
Graham Norton will be meeting locals and students from around 2:15pm, while the book launch starts at 3pm.