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Jackie Healy Rae

On the final The Late Late Show of the season.

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

Brothers Patrick and John Collison conquered Silicon Valley, having built their online payments software firm Stripe from a few lines of code to a company that’s now worth $22 billion. They’ll be chatting about how they did it…

Michael Healy-Rae, Danny Healy-Rae, Johnny Healy-Rae, Maura Healy-Rae and Jackie Healy-Rae Jr will be in studio to discuss the modern political dynasty started by Jackie Healy-Rae…

The Late Late Show will celebrate the life of the late Laura Brennan, with Laura’s familymum Bernie, dad Larry and brothers Colin, Fergal and Kevin – joining Ryan to talk about their loss and the impact that Laura had on those who loved her and on the country.

Oliver Callan swings by to give us his take on the week in politics and his recent dinner date with members of the Royal family.

We’ll be revealing the winner of the Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song competition and Luka Bloom will be performing the winning tune.

Plus music from The Waterboys, and one lucky member of the studio audience will be going home with a brand new Renault.

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



Roz Purcell

On The Late Late Show.

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

Following 30 years in Toronto, tenor Colm Wilkinson is back on home soil and joins host Ryan Tubridy to take a look back at his glistening career, as well as treating us to a song.

After weeks of canvassing and debate, the RTÉ/TG4 Exit Poll results will be announced live in studio following the close of polls by David McCullagh and Páidí Ó Lionaird

Author and influencer Roz Purcell spent years basing her self-worth on how much she weighed, but it took her sister Rachel to be diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia for her outlook to change. Roz and Rachel join Ryan to discuss the events that led to this realisation…

Following his retirement from club and international football back in March, former Ireland player Jonathan Walters joins Ryan to chat about how the death of his mother at a young age had such an influence on his career…

Inter-county referee David Gough is the only openly gay referee working with the GAA, and David joins Ryan to discuss what it was like to come out in the sporting world…

Music will be from The Coronas and Ryan will be chatting with Danny from the band about their new single and upcoming tour of Ireland.

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


John Sheahan

On The Late Late Show...

Sara Whiteacre writes:

With more than a half-century of performing experience under his belt, John Sheahan is one of Ireland’s most recognisable and most loved folk musicians.

To celebrate his 80th birthday, John will join host Ryan Tubridy and some familiar faces for chats and tunes, including Declan O’Rourke, Damien Dempsey, Ralph McTell, Phelim Drew, as well as Steve Wickham, Zoe Conway, Máire Breatnach and Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

Nine-time Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of last year and, following medical advice, announced his retirement earlier this month. Pat joins Ryan to discuss how it felt to come to that decision, and what the future holds.

Three of the leading lights of the Irish crime fiction scene – internationally successful authors Liz Nugent, Jo Spain and Patricia Gibney – will join Ryan to discuss how they started writing, the secrets to their success and why people are so fascinated with the world of crime.

Over the years, Anne Randolph has been a constant support for her goalkeeper son Darren, who plays for both Middlesbrough and Ireland, but now she’s stepping in to the limelight to pursue a career as a singer.

…music will be from Soda Blonde, a new band from four of the five members of Little Green Cars.

The Late Late Show, RTÉ One at 9.35pm.


Bobby Ryan’s children Robert and Michelle outside the Criminal Courts of Justice following the conviction of their father’s killer

On The Late Late Show.

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

Bobby Ryan’s children Michelle and Robert will join host Ryan Tubridy to speak about their father and the sentencing of Patrick Quirke….

Chart-topping band Kodaline will be in studio for a chat ahead of their Dublin shows later this month, and they’ll also perform their hit single ‘Brother’.

In her new book Can I Say No?, Stefanie Preissner explores why simply saying ‘no’ is such a difficult thing to do. Stefanie joins Ryan to discuss how we’ve lost the ability to say no…

With just under a month to go until the Leaving Certificate begins, Ryan will catch up with 6 students from around the country who are currently preparing for the exams…

We’ll also have the first Late Late Show birth as we meet the robot being used to teach medical students about the process of having a baby…and music will be from SYML.

The Late Late Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.


Ryan Tubridy launching The Late Late Show Country Special at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin yesterday

On The Late Late Show Country Special.

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

In a night of unique performances, the show will kick off with the biggest opening number yet, featuring Daniel O’Donnell, Nathan Carter, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Michael English, Robert Mizzell, Derek Ryan and Trudi Lalor – and 100 jivers from around the country giving it socks to an 80s classic.

We’ll hear from Robert Mizzell and his dad Richard, who will fly in from Louisiana, Susan McCann and 13 year old granddaughter Sinead, Cliona Hagan and sister Nicole, and Jimmy Buckley and daughter Claudia.

Ryan will also chat to the gentle giant of country Mick Flavin and his family about his 20 year road to success

Derek Ryan, Mick Flavin, Mike Denver, Dominic Kirwan, Margo, Louise Morrissey and Mary Duff will bring us on a trip down memory lane with a tribute to Hank Williams,

…and we’ll roll out the “Wagon Wheel of Fortune”, with team captains Fred Cooke and Anna Geary leading Michael English, Trudi Lalor and our audience superfans

Ryan will also catch up with the legendary Daniel O’Donnell, but will the duo take to the stage to perform?

The Late Late Show Country Special, RTÉ One, Friday, May 3rd at 9.35pm


Baz Ashmawy

On The Late Late Show….

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

Ahead of the Irish Open in July, Paul McGinley will join host Ryan Tubridy to discuss how preparations are coming along, and why he wants this tournament to be the biggest one yet…

In his new TV show, Wingman, Baz Ashmawy helps participants to embark on a journey of discovery to achieve something they wouldn’t have thought was possible…he joins Ryan….

…it’s been 25 years since Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids won the Eurovision Song Contest at the Point Theatre in Dublin, and to celebrate, we’ll have a special performance of the song by Paul Harrington, Niamh Farrell from Ham Sandwich, Ruth-Anne Cunningham, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and the Line-Up Choir.

Ryan will also be joined by Linda Martin, Paul Harrington, Rory Cowan and Mary Coughlan to discuss this year’s contest, and Sarah McTernan will perform Ireland’s 2019 entry, 22.

…We’ll also be meeting Nicholas Ryan Purcell who is a budding filmmaker with Asperger syndrome, and Ryan will be joined by three mothers and their three children to discuss the realities of living with autism.

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

Pic: RTE

Adrian Dunbar

On The Late Late Show

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

With a lead role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in one of the most applauded TV shows of the last decade, Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar joins host Ryan Tubridy to look back on his illustrious career and to reflect on what it was like growing up in Northern Ireland.

In 2017, an action plan to positively develop rural Ireland was launched, with former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane appointed to work with local communities and relay concerns back to the government. Two years on, Pat joins Ryan to discuss if enough is being done to save rural Ireland.

Editor-in-chief of US Glamour Samantha Barry and TV presenter Laura Whitmore have gained international notoriety through their work in the media industry, and have remained firm friends throughout. Samantha and Laura will join Ryan to chat about everything…

Dessie Fitzgerald
was a talented hurler living an ordinary, happy life when a spate of life changing events in one year led him to hit rock bottom. Dessie joins Ryan to discuss how…

World Naked Bike Ride is an annual, worldwide event and participants urged to “bare as you dare”. To celebrate the event in Cork, we’ll have 16 cyclists in their birthday suits riding through the Late Late Show studio.

Music will be from Gavin James and Cork band True Tides.

The Late Late Show, RTÉ One at 9.35pm.


Neil Jordan

On The Late Late Show

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

Tipperary’s Una Healy will be in studio to chat about forging her solo career and finding her country roots since saying goodbye to The Saturdays…

One of the first homegrown film-makers to conquer Hollywood, winning an Oscar for The Crying Game, writer and director Neil Jordan will discuss his new film Greta…

We’ll celebrate Tiger Roll’s famous win at the Grand National with the women who groomed him for greatness. Louise Magee and Karen Morgan will bring the legendary racehorse to meet Ryan…

The man who helped make Conor McGregor a star, coach John Kavanagh will be on to talk about his battle to get the controversial sport of MMA recognised in Ireland…

Ryan will be joined by two of the people who were there to witness the moving statues phenomenon as it swept Ireland in 1985, Ballinspittle’s Patricia Bowen and Monasterevin’s John Miller…

Former Ireland international soccer player turned pundit and psychotherapist Richie Sadlier will tell us why we are failing a generation of young people by not talking openly and honestly about sex….

All that plus music from Dervish

The Late Late Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.


Jason McAteer (left) and John Aldridge

On The Late Late Show.

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

Last year, Liverpool fan Sean Cox was assaulted before a Champions League fixture at Anfield, and has since been on the long road to recovery. Jason McAteer and John Aldridge will join host Ryan Tubridy ahead of a fundraiser game next month which will see Liverpool Legends take on a Republic of Ireland squad…

YouTuber and author Riyadh Khalaf knew that he was different from the age of 11, but found it a daunting task to come out to his Irish-Catholic mother and Muslim Iraqi father. Riyadh and his parents join Ryan to explain what it was like to grow up as a gay kid in Ireland…

In 1999, Guido Nasi was visiting Ireland for the first time when he was attacked in Dublin, leaving him with partial sight, and unable to walk or feed himself. Guido joins Ryan to recount what happened on the day of the assault, and why he’s celebrating a new chapter in his life.

Ryan will also be joined by Colette Byrne, Venetia Quick and John Fitzsimons on adjusting to life after the death of their partners

Music will be from Damien Dempsey

The Late Late Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

Pic: Getty

Joe McKinney advertising Guinness in1994

On The Late Late Show

Sarah Whiteacre writes:

In an emotional interview with host Ryan Tubridy, Rod Stewart reflects on family, fame and fortune and discusses why Irish ballad Grace means so much to him.

In November 2015, Katie Healy and David Nolan survived a terror attack at the Bataclan…A month later David proposed, and the couple went on to welcome a beautiful daughter in to their lives. Last December, they received news that no parent wants to hear, and the couple join Ryan to discuss their daughter’s life changing diagnosis.

He brought us Irish Mammies, and now author Colm O’Regan is back with a new book…Colm joins Ryan to discuss what makes the Irish Mammy such a treasured part of our national identity…

We’ll also be taking a look back at some of Ireland’s most iconic ads, and catching up with actor Joe McKinney 25 years on from dancing in that Guinness ad.

Music will be from James Morrison

The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, March 15th at 9.35pm

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