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Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke in 2007

On The Late Late Show.

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

Comedian and actor Pat Shortt is in studio, making his way through the audience as his latest character.

With Christmas around the corner, Ryan will be speaking to a number of volunteers who have been working tirelessly with Ireland’s homeless over the past year…

Comedian Jason Byrne will also be joining us, giving his take on recent news stories and chatting about his series of children’s books.

The main event of the evening will see the good and the great of the Irish entertainment and music industry pay tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter Shane MacGowan.

Tipperary’s most famous son is in studio, performing a number of his best-known songs, including a very special rendition of the greatest of all modern-day Christmas songs, Fairytale of New York.

Over the course of a lively evening full of songs, chat and laughter, Glen Hansard and Lisa O’Neill pay tribute to Shane, joining his band for a stunning rendition of A Rainy Night in Soho.

Guests including Aidan Gillen, Patrick Bergin, Moya Brennan, Philomena Begley and Pat McCabe will join Ryan, Shane, and his wife Victoria Mary Clarke, discussing the writing of some of his best-known songs and the impact he and The Pogues have had on the Irish music industry.

Shane’s sister Siobhán MacGowan, journalist and musician, will also be chatting with Ryan. US politician Martin O’Malley has flown in for the evening, giving a hat-tip to Shane and the impact his music had on him as an Irish-American.

The Late Late Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.


Des Bishop

On The Late Late Show.

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

With speculation over the identity of the remaining Dancing with the Stars hopefuls reaching fever-pitch, Ryan will be unveiling more contestants…

One of the most decorated GAA players of the modern game, Dublin star Michael Darragh MacAuley takes us behind the scenes and lifts the lid on Jim Gavin’s shock exit as Dublin manager…

Comedian Des Bishop will discuss his new show Mia Mamma, in which he explores grief and loss and learning to cope with the death of his mother earlier this year….

There will be brilliant live music from Jerry Fish, MayKay and Mike Denver….

On September 6 this year, 16-year-old Mia O’Neill took her life, devastating her family and friends. Her mum Aisling and grandad Willie join Ryan on Friday night to share Mia’s story and tell viewers why her death cannot go unnoticed.

Award-winning impersonator Oliver Callan will also be in studio to give the political and sporting week a kicking….

The Late Late Show, on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

Ryan Tubridy with  children from the Spotlight stage school at the set reveal for The Late Late Toy Show 2019

On The Late Late Toy Show

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

RTÉ’s most closely-guarded secret was this morning unveiled by Ryan Tubridy ahead of tonight’s eagerly anticipated Late Late Toy Show.

The magical, mystical wonderland world of Frozen has been revealed as the inspiration behind this year’s show-stopping production, and Ryan said that his opening number is his “most outrageous” to date.

Over 200 children from all around the country will participate in the live production from RTÉ’s Studio 4 – as singers, performers and toy demonstrators.

Hundreds of toys have been tested and will feature throughout the live production, and, of course, there will be a special nod to the late Gay Byrne.

This year’s spectacular set is set to melt the coldest of hearts, and was created by the RTÉ production Design Department, led by Marcella Power. RTÉ’s Costume and Make-Up departments, with costume led by Brigette Horan, have also been busily prepping the cast ahead of Friday’s extravaganza.

The Late Late Toy Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm


RTÉ Player action worldwide during the night.

A list of the toys featured will be available on the show’s website following broadcast.

Pics: Andres Poveda

Joe Schmidt becoming an Irish Citizen at a Department of Justice ceremony in 2015

On The Late Late Show

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

Tomorrow evening’s show is set to be jam-packed, kicking off with Westlife, who will be performing a number of songs…

Legendary singer Christy Moore will be in studio to celebrate and reflect on 50 years in the business, and to perform some of his most beloved songs…

Ahead of stepping down from his role as Ireland rugby coach next week, Joe Schmidt will join Ryan to look back on his time with the team…

Iconic newscaster Trevor McDonald joins Ryan to talk about interviewing some of the most famous people in the world…

And finally, to celebrate 20 years of Gift Grub, Mario Rosenstock will be bringing some of his best-known characters to life….,

The Late Late Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.


Thelma Mansfield

On The Late Late Show

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

Viewers of tomorrow evening’s Late Late Show are in for a treat, with Grammy and Emmy award-winning crooner Harry Connick Jr teaming up with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra for a special performance on the show.

Four months on from the death of comedian Brendan Grace, Brendan’s wife Eileen Grace, and daughters Melanie and Amanda will be in studio to chat to Ryan about coming to terms with Brendan’s death

The young Irish people with answers to the climate question will be in studio as 50 members of RTÉ’s Youth Assembly on Climate chat to Ryan

Art from Banksy and Andy Warhol will also be on display as Ryan speaks to presenter-turned-artist Thelma Mansfield about this weekend’s art fair, Art Source.

And singer Mary Black will be joining us, both to chat to Ryan and to perform alongside the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra.

The Late Late Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

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Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ One’s The Late Late Show – Gay Byrne Tribute last Tuesday

On The Late Late Show...

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

Dublin woman Samantha Power joins Ryan to tell him about how her father’s untimely death impacted on her life, her time serving President Obama, and why Donald Trump’s actions are seriously jeopardising America’s place in the world.

Activist Sinéad Burke will discuss everything from her dealings with Victoria Beckham and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, to getting a call from the President…

Declan Kelly, the Tipperary-born entrepreneur, businessman and founder and CEO of Teneo will be in studio to discuss his hopes to end global poverty…

After the drama of last Sunday’s win, the Irish Women’s Hockey Team will join us on the show to celebrate their historic achievement in qualifying for next year’s Olympic Games.

Tipperary comedy duo The 2 Johnnies will also be here, and there will be a special musical performance by Rachel Coyne, the young singer who made her mark on The Late Late Toy Show last year…

As the funeral of Gay Byrne takes place in Dublin tomorrow [Friday] morning, host Ryan Tubridy will also take some take time to remember the late, great, former Late Late Show host during the show.


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The Late Late Show at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.

Pic: Andres Poveda

Last night.

Scenes from last night’s tribute to Gay Byrne Late Late Show special broadcast on RTÉ One.

Pics Andres Poveda via Rollingnews

Earlier in the evening…

Lat night.

RTÉ, Montrose, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Guests arrive for the Late Late Show Special remembering Gay Byrne broadcast on RTE one.

From top: President Michael D Higgins and RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes: Former President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin; Mike Murphy; Miriam O’Callaghan; Twink; Tommy Tiernan; Vincent Browne; Ray D’Arcy and his wife Jenny; Eamon Dunphy; Teresa Lowe; Pat Shortt; Nell Mcafferty (left) and Ruth Maxwell; RTÉ Authority Chair Moya Doherty and John McColgan; Marty Whelan; Pat Kenny; Bob Geldof.

Watch full show here


Yesterday: Goodbye From Everyone In The Audience

Blindboy Boatclub,

On The Late Late Show….

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

Blindboy Boatclub, voice of a generation, comedian, satirist and hugely popular podcaster joins Ryan to discuss, amongst other things, why we should fear technology and modern-day addictions to consumerism.

From roles in Some Mother’s Son, to The Others and The Guard, Hollywood star Fionnula Flanagan will join Ryan to discuss her prolific career…

Francis Brennan, a stalwart of the Irish hospitality industry, will be here to talk about reaching retirement age…

Shannen Joyce, Georgie Crawford and Mary Cullen, three young women who found themselves battling cancer, join Ryan to discuss their unique experiences since being diagnosed…

The Three Amigos will be in studio for a special performance of Hand Me Down my Bible, the song written by Phil Coulter and made famous by The Dubliners.

The Late Late Show at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.

Pic: RTE

Paddy Smyth

On The Late Late Show….

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

Following his headline announcement that he’s to retire from football at the age of 35, Bernard Brogan will join Ryan tomorrow night to give his first interview on the reasons behind his decision to hang up his boots

His recent victory on The Circle has catapulted him to fame in the UK, and popular Irish television personality Paddy Smyth will join Ryan to discuss how his stint on the series has given him an unprecedented platform for raising awareness for people with disabilities….

Irish-born Australian long-distance runner, Sinead Diver joins Ryan to discuss becoming the 4th fastest Australian female marathoner of all time.

We’ll take a look back at the iconic John Hinde postcards with Californian photographer Paul Kelly...

Recent Sunday night television viewing resulted in a group of Irish teenagers winning the hearts of the nation on Raised By The Village, and some of the participants in this year’s series will join Ryan to give an update on their lives since taking part in the show.

The West End cast of Mamma Mia will give a special studio performance, featuring Irish actress and singer Sharon Sexton, who is taking on the lead role of Donna in an upcoming production …

Wild Youth will also be in studio to perform their single, Long Time No See.

The Late Late Show at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.

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Top: John Bercow, Speaker of the UK House of Commons

On The Late Late Show…

…Maureen Catterson writes:

The Late Late Show will honour Brendan O’Carroll  with a performance from Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical.

Joe Duffy and co-writer Freya McClemence will join Ryan to talk about some of the often forgotten tragedies from Northern Ireland, those of the innocent children killed in conflict,

Order, order! The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has become a global phenomenon.  he will be swapping the Speaker’s chair for The Late Late Show couch, in his first ever Irish interview…

As Ireland enter the final stages of preparations for Saturday’s clash against Samoa in Japan, former Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip will chat to Ryan about what it’s really like inside a Joe Schmidt World Cup squad…

Bernard O’Shea will discuss masculinity, marriage all in his new book, My Wife is Married to a Feckin’ Eejit,..

And singer Sibeal Ni Chasaide performs The Beatles’ Blackbird…

The Late Late Show at 9:35pm on RTÉ One.

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