Tomorrow night's Late Late Show is going to be a bit different. This Friday, as Ireland heads into week three of level five lockdown restrictions, The Late Late Show will be dedicated to promoting Irish businesses across various sectors who have had to close their doors and adapt accordingly to survive.
Throughout the show, Irish companies will be showcasing their wares and demonstrating their tenacity and resourcefulness in the face of some of the toughest times in the history of their businesses. The spirit of Irish entrepreneurship will be well and truly on display.
Beyond retail, The Late Late Show will also be highlighting the challenges in the entertainment and music industries.
Singer Niall Horan will speak to Ryan about how the music industry has been affected by Covid shutdowns and what measures are being taken to keep it afloat. Deirdre O'Kane, comedian and TV presenter, will discuss changes in the comedy scene, and new challenges she and other Irish entertainers are facing.
Experts in specific fields including Diarmuid Gavin, Anna Geary, Kevin Dundon, and Roisin Murphy will showcase some of their favourite businesses from the worlds of outdoor and gardening, sports and fitness, food and beverages, and homeware.
As Late Late Show host, Ryan Tubridy put it, "It takes a lot of guts to start up a business in this country, but it takes even more backbone to keep it alive in the face of a pandemic, and that's what this Friday's Late Late Show is all about."
"We are celebrating the local heroism of people who are making hampers for Christmas, or candles for local shops, people who are suppliers in their towns and villages. These are the unsung warriors who keep Irish towns and villages alive in a way that hasn't been recognised enough."
"That ends on Friday night. We are going to celebrate them, thank them, and hopefully, we are going help to keep them afloat in these difficult times," Ryan said.
As a result of this brilliant call out, thousands of companies contacted The Late Late Show ahead of Friday night, and they will all be invited to have their company featured on an upcoming online Late Late Show business directory.
To catch all of this and more, make sure to tune into The Late Late Show on Friday, November 6, at 9:35pm on RTÉ One.