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Graham Norton so at home in new unit

Funnyman Graham Norton returned to his roots in west Cork yesterday as a guest at the official opening of the palliative care unit at Bantry Hospital.

The Dublin-born BBC chat show host, who grew up in nearby Bandon, joked with members of the Bantry Hospice Project on the grounds of the new facility.

The hospice features a large en-suite bedroom and lounge area for family members in each unit.

Board members, including nurses Stephanie Reynolds, Marion McCarthy, Gillian Ellis, Mary Taylor and Damian Moloney, pictured right, have been heavily involved in fundraising to build the facility at a cost of approximately ?270,000 per unit.

Norton (46) has homes in London and New York, but he returns each summer to his house in Bantry Bay.

He is still close to his family, who live in Bandon.

Belfast Telegraph