Fermoy Town in County Cork, Ireland, received a “great boost” when Graham Norton issued an apology for derogatory comments made about the town on his BBC chat show.
During the show’s ‘Red Chair’ segment, a Scottish woman named Zoey referred to Fermoy as a “horrible town” and mentioned its bridge as a potential jumping spot. Norton expressed his apology on the following episode, highlighting Fermoy’s title as the cleanest town in Ireland and acknowledging the removal of the town’s iconic giant pencil. Noel McCarthy, chair of Fermoy Tidy Towns AND owner of Carry Out Fermoy, expressed his appreciation for Norton’s apology and mentioned that the town had sent a complaint letter to the show prior to this. McCarthy also extended an invitation to Norton to visit Fermoy, hoping to showcase the town’s attractions.
He emphasized that the apology helped set the record straight and positively represented Fermoy, despite initial disappointment caused by Zoey’s comments. McCarthy reassured that the giant pencil was still in Fermoy, albeit in a different location, with a sign indicating the presence of the Faber-Castell factory.
The town expressed gratitude to Norton for his apology and welcomed him to explore Fermoy firsthand. To mark the occasion, Carry Out Fermoy are doing an offer on the best selling Graham Norton wines/proseccos. Don’t miss out!