Emmy-winning actor and writer Chris O'Dowd has been honoured with the Freedom of County Roscommon at a ceremony in his hometown of Boyle.

The 35-year-old self-confessed 'Rossie' was joined by his wife Dawn O'Porter, parents Denise and Seán and friends for an occasion which he described as “hugely meaningful”.

The county council decided to honour their most famous son after he put Boyle on the world map through his TV comedy series Moone Boy.

The award-winning show, which is filmed in Boyle, is based on O’Dowd’s experiences growing up in the town.

Speaking tonight about his new-found freedom, Chris said: “I feel a weight off my shoulders. It’s very exciting and a lovely honour.”

Asked where it is all going to end after his great success over the last few years, he added: “I think that’s it. I’m probably done now. I’m going to sit down and have a cup of tea, look at babies and talk nonsense.”

Outlining some of the benefits of the honour, Roscommon Co Council CEO Tommy Hunt joked: "Chris can graze his sheep all over the county."