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Twenty years ago….

Rachel Carey writes:

January 15 marks the 20th anniversary of Pádraig Flynn’s memorable appearance on the Late Late Show.

During a routine interview with Gay Byrne, Pádraig Flynn, then EU Commissioner, was portraying himself as a perfect politician. When pushed to speak about Tom Gilmartin, a property developer who was reluctant to speak at the Mahon Tribunal, Flynn snapped.

He launched into a rant about Gilmartin and his wife, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and was paralysed in a wheelchair. Gilmartin who was listening to the interview at home in the UK vowed to bury Flynn.

It was an interview which would change the shape of Irish politics forever and cause the demise of Pádraig Flynn.

Jack Murray, CEO and founder of MediaHQ.com, wrote and recorded a podcast (above) vividly recounting the story of the interview.

The podcast really gets into the detail of the story and gives us some background that many people wouldn’t be aware of….

Media Moments

Previously: I Wanna Tell You Something, Try It Sometime

Colin Farrell

Tomorrow night.

On the Late Late Show.

Sarah Whiteacre, of RTÉ, writes:

While he is best known for his work on the silver screen, Colin Farrell also works closely with DEBRA Ireland, a charity providing support to patients and families living with the debilitating skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

Colin and EB sufferer Emma Fogarty join Ryan Tubridy to discuss what it’s like to live with the condition…

Morning Ireland presenter Bryan Dobson will be live in studio with Ryan to take a look back at some of the images which best represent the stand-out news stories of 2018…

Currabinny’s James Kavanagh and William Murray will be sharing recipes for dishes to serve alongside your turkey; we’ll have a master brewer from the Artisan Brew Academy in Dublin to explain how you can brew your own beer, and Christmas ham is front and centre as we chat with pig farmer Ivan Belton and butcher Clive Clarke.

In 2016, Derek O’Connor lost his wife Maeve to bowel cancer, leaving him and their three children to navigate the world without her. Derek joins Ryan to chat about grief and dealing with the death of his wife in the run-up to Christmas.

We’ll also be joined by Brendan Grace for a look back at his career… and there’ll be music from the Palestrina Choir, and John Gibbons featuring Nina Nesbitt.

The Late Late Show is on tomorrow night, on RTÉ One, at 9.35pm

Pic: AP (The Hollywood Reporter)

Sonia and Sophie O’Sullivan at the European Under 18 Championships in July

Tomorrow night.

On the Late Late Show.

Sarah Whiteacre, of RTÉ, writes:

The former World Champion and Olympian [Sonia O’Sullivan] is one of the country’s most successful athletes, but earlier this year she was simply a proud mother when her daughter won a silver medal at the European Under 18 Championships in Hungary.

Sonia and daughter Sophie join Ryan Tubridy to discuss this success…

Tony Cascarino… has become a successful soccer pundit, but his life was disrupted when doctors discovered a golf-ball sized brain tumor, resulting in major surgery to remove it. He’ll be telling Ryan about his frightening ordeal…

After a seven year hiatus, Snow Patrol are back with their new album, and made a welcome return to Ireland this week by playing a sell out concert in Dublin’s 3 Arena…

As a teenager, Evanna Lynch was catapulted to worldwide fame when she went from her native Termonfeckin to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as Luna Lovegood in the global sensation Harry Potter. Evanna joins Ryan to chat about her meteoric rise…

Having recently turned his hand to writing a children’s book, Jason Byrne will be chatting to Ryan about drawing inspiration from his own childhood for his books, and his upcoming January tour.

Coming from a parish of 447 people in Longford, Mullinalaghta St Columba’s beat the mighty Kilmacud Crokes, making history by becoming the first Longford side to collect the Leinster club Senior Football Championship title. Ryan hears more about how they came in as massive underdogs but left as the first Longford side ever to contest a final at this level.

There’ll also be comedy from Pat Shortt, and music is from pop sensation Anne-Marie, and The Three Amigos.

The Late Late Show is on tomorrow night, on RTÉ One, at 9.35pm

Pic: Pierce O’Callaghan

Victoria Chihumura and her mother Blessing Moyo on RTÉ’s Late Late Show

Last Friday night.

Taken Down actress Blessing Moyo and her daughter Victoria Chihumura appeared on the Late Late Show during a 14-minute segment.

Blessing explained that, with the help of people smugglers, she left Zimbabwe after the election in 2008, without her children, and found herself in South Africa and then Ireland.

She lived in Direct Provision for seven and a half years.

Blessing’s two sons and daughter Victoria joined her in Ireland three years after Blessing left Zimbabwe and then the four of them lived in a room in Direct Provision for the next four and a half years.

Victoria is now studying Arts, Economics and Politics in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and she’s the ethnic minority officer at the college’s student union.

During the interview, they had the following exchange:

Ryan Tubridy: “Tell me about peculiar cars that would show up outside the Direct Provision centre.

Victoria Chihumura:I was about 15/16, walking from the centre into town, cause it’s only like a 20-minute walk. And this car was following me throughout, the whole way, harassing me, just saying ‘Oh, won’t you come here, I’ll give you €20 to do, like, sexual, disgusting stuff.

“I remember I tried to report it to the guards. I went up and I had the number plate number and I went up and they were like ‘There’s nothing we can do because you’re under 18’ – something like that.

“And when I was going back home, I was like ‘what if it turned out and actually ended really badly for me’ – would they have done something for me after that? Yeah. It’s traumatising.”

Ryan Tubridy: “Of course. And is this a common occurrence? That cars show up outside the direct provision centre, Blessing?”

Blessing: “Oh yeah.”

Tubridy: “Can you talk to me about that a little bit?”

Blessing: “Yeah, like, especially, my experience is, it’s a daily thing.”

Tubridy: “Is it?”

Blessing: “And like my worst experience was this guy who was like just standing there, calling women. And what was most disgusting about that is that it showed that this was a family man because this was a man who had a car with a baby seat at the back. So that meant it was a family man.”

Tubridy: “Looking for women from the Direct Provision centre?”

Blessing: “Exactly, and offering €20 for sex. And for me, it was very degrading for me…as an African woman, I’m not an object, I’m a person.”

Watch back in full here

Previously: “We Do It Out Of Desperation”

Catherine Corless

Tomorrow night.

On the Late Late Show.

Sarah Whiteacre, of RTÉ, writes:

Presenter David McCullagh will be live in studio following the polls closing to deliver the RTÉ / Red C Exit Poll result in the race to the Áras.

Catherine Corless, the historian who uncovered details of a mass grave at the former Mother and Babies Home in Tuam, will join Ryan to give her thoughts on the Government’s decision this week to initiate a forensic excavation at the site.

…Dublin actor Allen Leech joins Ryan to chat about what it was like to achieve worldwide fame playing Tom Branson in the critically acclaimed Downton Abbey…

…All-Ireland winning hurler and manager Davy Fitzgerald joins Ryan to chat about his legacy, his fiery reputation…

In April, Sean Cox went to Anfield to watch his beloved Liverpool in action in the Champions League, but ended up fighting for his life. Ryan is joined by Sean’s wife Martina Cox

Comedian Des Bishop will be in studio to talk about our obsession with Netflix and carvery dinners, and there will be music from Bell X1 and Gavin James.

The Late Late Show is on tomorrow night, on RTÉ One, at 9.35pm

Pic: RTÉ

RTÉ’s David McCullagh

Laura Fitzgerald, of RTE, writes:

RTÉ has commissioned independent research company Red C to undertake a comprehensive exit poll, interviewing over 2,000 people across Ireland immediately after they have voted on Friday 26 October.

The Presidential Election exit poll result will be announced on Friday night, following the close of polls, by RTÉ’s David McCullagh on The Late Late Show and published simultaneously on RTÉ.ie.

Further results and breakdown of demographics and sentiments of voting behavior will be released simultaneously on RTÉ.ie and RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland from 9.00am on Saturday.

Earlier: How Was It For You?

Dogged Persistance

From top: Ryan Tubridy and the scene outside Central Hall, Westminster, London last night when hundreds of Late Late Show ticket holders were turned away

Too many Micks, innit.

Lovely jubbly.

Last night.

Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

“Audience Tickets for The Late Late Show in London were allocated and managed by UK based company Applause Store are ticket specialists for UK TV audiences.

Tickets were allocated to applicants stating that it was not a guarantee of entry but seats would be allocated on the night on a first come first served basis.

This is standard in UK TV audience management. However such was the demand for this one off show that more people were left disappointed than expected.”

RTÉ statement

“We have to oversubscribe our tickets to cover any no-shows as all of them are free of charge and sadly not everyone uses them. We have, however, experienced a higher than normal turn-up rate which has meant that regrettably we could not accommodate everyone with a seat in the venue. The demand for Late Late Show tickets is unprecedented.”

Applause Store Audience Manager, Mathew First.

Seemed to go well.

Unprecedented demand for tickets to Late Late Show leaves hundreds disappointed (Irish Examiner)


To whom it concerns.

Stephen James Smith on last night’s Late Late Show delivers his poem ‘This Is Community’ about the Irish community and their often second class status in British life.

Good times.

Jamie Lee Curtis in the re-booted ‘Halloween’

Tomorrow night.

On The Late Late Show

Via RTÉ:

The Freaky Friday star Jamie Lee Curtis will be chatting about returning to the horror franchise that made her famous with the much anticipated Halloween

As she prepares to launch her new comedy series Finding Joy, Amy Huberman will be on the couch to chat about creating her own television show…

The busiest man in Ireland Francis Brennan recently took some time for himself, travelling down Route 66 to strike that one off the bucket list…he’ll be sharing some of the funniest and best memories of his travels.

Comedian Dara Ó Briain will be revealing the secret science behind everyday life…

Broadcaster Mary Kennedy had a wake-up call last year when she suffered a burn-out. She joins Ryan on Friday night to chat about her new approach to living and being comfortable in her own skin…

Plus music from SOAK; and West End star Killian Donnelly singing a classic from Les Miserables.

The Late Late Show tomorrow night, on RTÉ One, at 9.35pm

Pic: YouTube

Piers Morgan

The Late Late is back.

Via RTÉ:

The Irish Senior Women’s Hockey Team will be chatting about their stunning success when they made history becoming the first Irish sporting team to reach a World Cup final…

[Limerick Senior Hurling team’s] Manager John Kiely, captain Declan Hannon and strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor will be in studio to discuss how they did it.

Following their success at the European Championships Ryan will be hearing from gymnast Rhys McClenaghan… hurdler Thomas Barr … and swimmer Ellen Keane will tell viewers about the Irish team’s huge success in the European Para Swimming and Athletics Championships…

Ryan will also be chatting all things Donald Trump with the man who counts the US President as a friend, Piers Morgan. The Good Morning Britain presenter will be telling Ryan why the Irish should be welcoming President Trump when he visits in November…

…It was the rescue mission that gripped the world and Clare-based cave diver Jim Warny found himself right in the middle of it when he helped to successfully rescue 12 young boys and their coach trapped in a Thai cave…

When Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey took to the stage at the Rose Dome [in Tralee, Co Kerry] she won the support of the nation as she opened up about her parents’ struggle with heroin addiction… Shauna and her mum Angela Ray join Ryan to discuss their story…

Plus music from James Vincent McMorrow; and Beverley Craven sings the 90s classic Promise Me.

*goes off grid*

The Late Late Show on  RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

Pic: Heightline

 David McCullagh

Tomorrow night.

On the Late Late…

Via RTE:

The Après Match team join Jason Byrne, Emmet Kirwan and Lorna Byrne on a jam-packed line up for the last Late Late Show of the series.

As the country goes to the polls to vote on the referendum on the 8th amendment, the Late Late Show will reveal the results of a nationwide Exit Poll live on air on Friday night.

Prime Time’s David McCullagh will reveal the result of the overall Yes/No Exit Poll question, as soon as it becomes available.

…When eight-year-old artist Roisin Tansey appeared on The Late Late Show last year, she captured the hearts of the nation. She’s back with a very special project…

In a week when the country is reeling from the murders of Ana Kriegel and Jastine Valdez, viewers will hear from Ruth Maxwell, who was subject to a random attack in Clondalkin in 2016.

Plus music from The High Kings and An Emotional Fish.

The Late Late Show, tomorrow night, on RTE One at 9.35pm.