Renowned chef Rory O'Connell spoke fondly of his Laois childhood to the Leinster Express, before he presented his Christmas Feast Event recently in his native Cullohill.
There was a huge turnout for the event organised by the local community council.
Rory who co-founded Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork with sister Darina Allen, has a cookery show 'How to Cook Well' on RTE 1.
He recalled an idyllic childhood centred around growing and cooking food, and said how he regularly returns home to visit his brothers and sisters in Cullohill and Abbeyleix.
Lynda Kiernan reported on the night for the Leinster Express and Pat Moore took some photos.