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From the off this Friday night there's a familiar face back at The Late Late Show, with the return of the iconic flying owl, swooping across screens, and the original theme tune music from the era of the show's original master, Gay Byrne. Following on from a rousing rendition by the musicians of the national services last week, the signature tune is now back in situ along with Ireland's most famous introduction, "To whom it concerns…"

First up, Ryan will have his hands on the most sought after piece of silverware in Ireland this weekend, the Sam Maguire Cup. Ryan is in possession of gold dust, with two tickets up for grabs for a lucky audience member for Saturday's All-Ireland Football final replay between Kerry and Dublin at Croke Park.

When Limerick woman Vicky Phelan got the shocking news that she had just 12 months to live, she had no idea that the subsequent year would see her take on the Government and medical establishment and win. Vicky was already no stranger to battling hard times, and she joins Ryan on Friday night to share the extraordinary story of her life.

Former Liverpool and England legend Michael Owen will join us to talk about the goal that changed his life, why fame wasn't all it was cracked up to be, and why he now feels he is living life in reverse.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dermot Bannon and Diarmuid Gavin, Ireland's latest double act, will be talking about collaborating on Room to Improve, the rivalry between them, and why they are both big advocates for an outdoor dip in the nip. 
Cork comedian Maeve Higgins jets in from New York to chat about starring in her first movie, talking to ghosts and life stateside.

Music's hottest property Dermot Kennedy performs his massive hit Outnumbered, and the legendary Christy Dignam will sing a classic, and also chat with Ryan about his life and times.

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Christy has been a national figure in Ireland for more than three decades.The Aslan front-man has survived abuse, addiction and cancer, and this week he tells us where he gets his unbreakable spirit from and why life is now better than ever.

The Late Late Show can now also be followed on Instagram at @rtelatelate

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The Late Late Show is back on Friday, September 6 and we are genuinley excited about this week’s episode.

Ryan is back with quite the brilliant lineup as the 58th series (yes, 58th) of The Late Late Show returns to RTÉ. Singer Sinead O’ Connor and comedian Aisling Bea join the broadcaster for a chat.

More importantly, three of our fave Love Island stars will also join Ryan to chat about life outside of the villa and their time on one of the most-watched TV shows.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Our national treasures Greg O’ Shea and Maura Higgins, and winner Amber Gill will be Ryan’s guests on Friday night and we cannot wait to see what the trio have to say about Love Island life.

Greg and Amber may have won the show, but it was Maura who reigned as people’s champion, so we’re so ready for the Longford legend to make an appearance on the chat show.

Greg posted a selfie with Ryan ahead of his appearance on the Late Late. The duo grinned at the camera as they chatted over coffee earlier this week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Love Island winner teased, “Great chat this morning with [Ryan]…True gent."

We didn’t think we’d ever say this but we cannot wait to stay in on Friday night and watch the Late Late.

The Late Late Show airs on RTÉ 1 at 9.35pm.

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Happy almost-weekend everyone!

We've made it through another week and what's waiting for us at the other end of it is deliciously relaxing. 

Couch, a cup of tea/mug of hot chocolate/glass of wine and the Late Late Show on the TV – what more could you want?

So let's get stuck into the line-up and see what guests Tubs will be talking to this week. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It was the longest-running murder trial in Irish criminal history which gripped the nation for 13 weeks, and on Friday night Bobby Ryan’s children Michelle and Robert will join host Ryan Tubridy to speak about their father and the sentencing of Patrick Quirke.

Then on a lighter note, chart-topping band Kodaline will be in for a chat ahead of their Dublin shows later this month – and you can catch them performing their latest single Brother.

Then Ireland's answer to Lena Dunham will be chatting all things to do with her new book, Can I Say No?

She will be telling Ryan about how we've lost the ability to say no and how, by reacquainting ourselves with this two letter word, we can go on to live happier, less stressful and more fulfilling lives.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Then – a bit of nostalgia for those Leaving Cert days – remember them?

With just under a month to go until the LC begins, Ryan will catch up with 6 students from around the country who are currently preparing for the exams and will find out about the stresses, pressures, and ups and downs facing Irish teens. 

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 as well as tunes from SYML.

Don't miss it lads – tune into The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, May 10 at 9.35pm. 

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Giddy up, the Late Late is ridin' into town.

Don your cowboy hats and get ready to get into the swing of all things country music.

It 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 ARE BUZZING.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Host Ryan Tubridy will then host a “Circle of Friends”, sharing family tales and hearing some of our star’s fave songs.

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, overcoming alcohol addiction and having two sons who were born deaf and will never hear their father sing. 

You might need to have some tissues at the ready.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In April, the Late Late Show team and the expert panel of Margo and Nathan Carter hit the road to audition hopefuls in the “Search for a Country Star” competition.

Acts from up and down the country competed, and we’ll meet the lucky winner on Friday, as well as see them perform a contemporary country hit with Nathan.

There will also be a tribute to Hank Williams, including tracks such as Hey Good Looking and I Saw the Light. 

And it would be a country music extravaganza without the legendary Daniel O’Donnell, who will make a much-anticipated appearance (no sarcasm). 

Tune into the The Late Late Show Country Special, RTÉ One, Friday, May 3 at 9.35pm. 

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Happy Friday everyone.

We've made it through another week and its time to put the feet up and relax in front of – what else? – the Late Late.

This weeks array of guests is a great mix and fans of the Eurovision are in for a treat.

First up, TV star  Baz Ashmawy will join Tubs to talk all things about his new show where he helps participants to embark on a journey of discovery to achieve something they wouldn’t have thought was possible.

Baz will tell the unlikely story of dairy farmer Jimmy Byrne from Louth (among others), who wants to put on a play when nobody is taking him seriously.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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U's coming up to Eurovision time and we couldn't be more excited.

Its been a quarter of a century since Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids were victorious at thPoint 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.

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

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As well as that, the Benhaffaf twins, Hassan and Hussein, made international headlines this week after Hollywood actor Tom Hanks sent them a personalised Toy Story video.

They will be on the show to talk about how they felt when they saw the message, and we’re also joined by Míceál O'Hurley who reached out to Tom Hanks to organise the surprise.

We will also hear the story of Colette Ryan, who was just two years old when she disappeared while on holiday with her family 44 years ago, from the then Mosney holiday camp in Co Meath.

World Autism Day is this month and to celebrate, 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.

It's a jam-packed line-up and we can't wait to sit back and relax tonight in front of it.

It's all on The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, April 26 at 9.35pm.

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It's Friday night and while to some of you; they  might mean getting glammed up and heading out, for us it's an excuse to put out feet up and watch Tubs on The Late Late.

Is it weird to look forward to it, like are we showing our age?

Sure f*ck it, with guests like this, how could you blame us?

First up is popstar turned country crooner Una Healy who will be in studio to chat about forging her solo career and finding her country roots since saying goodbye to The Saturdays.

She’ll also be performing her new single Strangers and telling viewers about how the break-up of her marriage to rugby player Ben Foden inspired the track.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Then we have 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 and look back on his extraordinary career, three decades in Tinseltown, and what the legacy of Michael Collins tells us about Brexit.

We’ll celebrate Tiger Roll’s famous win at the Grand National, doing the double for the first time since Red Rum, with the women who groomed him for greatness. 

Louise Magee and Karen Morgan will bring the legendary racehorse to meet Ryan.

Also making an appearance is the man who helped make Conor McGregor a star, coach John Kavanagh.

He will be on to talk about his battle to get the controversial sport of MMA recognised in Ireland and how it has helped change lives and also give his take on what's next for the notorious UFC fighter and his own coaching career.

In summer 1985, a strange phenomenon swept Ireland – reports of moving statues abounded and Ryan will be joined by two of the people who were there to witness this uniquely Irish story as it unfolded, 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.

He’ll be telling viewers why he is on a mission to educate teenagers about sex, porn and consent. 

There's all that plus music from Dervish.

So make sure to tune in to RTÉ One, Friday, April 12 at 9.35pm.

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It's Friday night and you know what that means.

Yes, the Late Late Show will be on our screens tonight and it's got a stellar lineup.

First off, we have the hilarious duo of Marty Morrissey and Bernard O’Shea whose bromance started on Dancing With The Stars and is now back on our TV's where they belng.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They have a brilliant show called Marty and Bernard’s Big Adventure and they join host Ryan Tubridy to discuss modern manhood, and how they fared when tasked with surviving a night out in the wilds.

Then we have fashion and beauty blogger turned businesswoman Suzanne Jackson.

The creator of one of Ireland’s best-known lifestyle sites, SoSueMe.ie, she is also the founder and CEO of a bestselling beauty brand.

Suzanne will be chatting about her rise to success and the influence that social media holds in society today.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If that wasn't enough, Senator Michael McDowell joins Ryan to discuss the current political climate in Ireland and chats about his new documentary which examines the history of the Catholic Church and state relations, and how Rome came to shape the Irish political landscape.

Dublin footballer Philly McMahon and Governor of Mountjoy Prison Eddie Mullins join Ryan to discuss what can be done to rehabilitate offenders through the ‘Unfuccced’ programme, and the supports that are needed by ex-offenders to reintegrate into society.

The phenomenon of burnout will be discussed with a panel and how best to prevent and treat it.

Also, there's going to be tunes from Soulé.

The Late Late Show is on RTÉ One, Friday, April 5 at 9.35pm. 

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Legendary singer and songwriter Rod Stewart, Bataclan survivors Katie Healy and David Nolan and cervical cancer campaigner Laura Brennan lead the line-up for this Friday’s Late Late Show.

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 theatre in Paris which claimed the lives of 90 people.

A month later David proposed, and the couple went on to welcome a beautiful daughter in to their lives in 2016. Last December, they received news that no parent wants to hear, and the couple join Ryan to discuss their daughter’s life changing diagnosis.

We’ll also meet Keeva Delaney, the girl who has written a book to raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation, a charity providing much needed funding to parents of children with life limiting conditions.

Earlier this week the HSE confirmed that the uptake of the HPV vaccine has reached 70 per cent, and cervical cancer campaigner Laura Brennan has been front and centre to advocate for the vaccine. We talk to Laura about what the rise in uptake means to her, and we hear about the impact that the campaign has had on teenage girls.

He brought us Irish Mammies, and now author Colm O'Regan is back with a new book: Ann Devine, Ready For Her Close-Up. Colm joins Ryan to discuss what makes the Irish Mammy such a treasured part of our national identity, and why he’s decided to make one the centre point for his first outing as a novelist.

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 and we’ll have a performance by Rhythm of the Dance.

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

 

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Looking for love this Valentines Day?

The Late Late Valentines Day special is searching for singletons to get set up the old fashioned way. 

'So if you're single but not camera shy, up for a laugh and looking for love and if you think Ryan can help you find romance and you'd like to get loved up,' the show boasts.

Host Ryan Tubridy announced the romantic details of the programme on Friday night:

'We want to hear from anyone who is looking for a little romance in their lives,' he said.

'In this age of dating apps and social media, we're going back to basics and want to spark some love – on live TV!'

''As always, the show will be great fun, and you never know, there could be someone for everyone in the audience.'

If you fancy your chances at finding the one, you can apply for tickets to the special here.

This year's show takes place on February 8th. 

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As the wind howls and the clouds threaten rain at any moment – this Friday looks like a cosy night-in.

Although the weather might be a bit shocking, it isn't all bad news.

The Late Late Show has some quality guests that are about to grace its couch, including a Harry Potter legend.

All the Potterheads will know Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood, and the actress will be having a chat with Ryan this Friday evening.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The pair will be discussing how as a teenager, she was catapulted into worldwide fame when she was cast as the Hogwarts student.

And they'll also be having a natter about Evanna dancing her way into hearts of million as a finalist on the US version of Dancing With The Stars – that's our gal. 

Joining the HP legend is athletics champion Sonia O’Sullivan, along with her daughter Sophie.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody will be chatting to Ryan about life back on the road, as the band have released a new album after a seven year hiatus.

So now you have the perfect excuse to cancel on those Friday night plans.

Throw on the pjs, grab a hot water bottle and put the feet up with some quality entertainment after a long week.

 

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Penneys and RTÉ have released this year’s limited edition Late Late Toy Show collection and it is too cute for words.

The Late Late Toy Show range will be on sale in Penneys stores nationwide from Monday, October 22, with Penneys donating a total of €75,000 to Temple Street Foundation, CMRF Crumlin and The National Children’s Hospital Tallaght.

Stay up past your bedtime for the best Friday night of the festive season and embrace The Late Late Toy Show with novelty sweaters and loungewear sets emblazoned with the iconic owl. For the littlest viewers, there is the ‘Wake me up for the Late Late Toy Show’ sleepsuit, bib and hat.

When you are wrapped up in your owl blanket and the tree is dressed in Late Late Toy Show baubles make sure to sharpen your pencil for the new bingo set that will allow you to play along at home, marking off your card as the traditional Late Late Toy Show frivolities unfold.

Once the show is over make sure to write that all-important letter to Santa using the letter pack and then slip on the owl eye mask for a perfect festive dream-filled sleep.

“We are delighted to be the chosen charity partners for the Penneys Late Late Toy show collection,” the children’s hospital foundations at Crumlin, Tallaght and Temple Street said in a joint statement.

“The range is not only fun and engaging but the donations from this initiative will help so many children and their families. Our aim is to continuously deliver the best possible care to the children who come through our doors every single day, and as a loyal corporate partner, the team at Penney's help make this possible.”

The Late Late Toy Show collection will launch in Penneys stores Tuesday, October 22.

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Tonight’s The Late Late Show has an amazing lineup, and we cannot wait to watch it.

Appearances will be made by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, and our favourite – authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

The two women are most known for writing Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling.

The hilarious Irish best-selling novel has quickly climbed the charts and is definitely a must-read.

It tells the story of 28-year-old Aisling who lives at home in Ballygobbard with her parents.

The young woman finds familiarity in her routine, commuting to her dependable job in Dublin and staying at her long-time boyfriend’s house twice a week.

But eventually, Aisling gets tired of waiting for him to put a ring on it. And that’s when everything changes in her comedic story.

And now the heartwarming story is in the process of being made into a film.

Taking to Twitter, writers, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen announced that Element Pictures have acquired the film rights.

The authors are thrilled to be bringing their dream to the big screens.

Emer and Sarah have climbed to fame since their popular novel’s release, and they live to entertain.

“We’ve known this character for ten years so to be given the opportunity to take her from the pages of our beloved book and transform her into a walking, talking, caring (and judging, let’s be honest) girl in front of a camera is beyond our wildest dreams. We can’t wait to start!”

It has been seven months since the big announcement and we’re sure the girls will have plenty to share.

Hopefully, the amusing duo will be able to give us some insights into the film, including an official release date.

Also, make sure to check out their latest book: The Importance of Being Aisling, which is now available in stores.

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