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Ahead of the much-anticipated Spice Girls reunion concert at Croke Park tonight, why not watch the new mini-series centring around five die-hard fans of the 90s girl-band?

'People of the World, Spice up your Life!' is a message the world can't seem to forget, and the supergroup have achieved some incredible feats in their day. 

In 1996, when the girl-band exploded into our homes, it's safe to say they made an everlasting impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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RTÉ Player is now showing five short documentaries, called Spice Up Your Life!, for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

20 years may have gone by, but the intensity and passion of the band's fan-base lives on. The documentary series interviews five massive fans about their love for Baby Spice, Sporty Spice, Crazy Spice, Posh Spice and Baby Spice.

Whether it was in times of friendship, love, loss, ambition, travelling the world or even bulling, The Spice Girls influences the lives of these fans irreversibly and made them who they are today.

Spice Up your Life is the nostalgic trip down memory lane we all need, exploring how the message of one girl-group can leave an enduring effect on the world.

These fve individual short documentaries, revolving around the personal stories of Niamh & Caitriona, Anthony, Alex, Lisa and Clara, will leave you entertained and reminiscing on 1990s girl power.

Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C brought some amazing tunes to our repertoire, and Wannabe lives on as the biggest track of 1996.

We'll miss Posh Spice on stage tonight, but it's still set to be an incredible show.

1. Ex-Fair City actor Anthony Delaney

Growing up gay in rural Kilkenny, The Spice Girls' message of individualism guided 35-year-old Anthony Delaney through the tough times in his life.

Niamh Kelly & Caitriona O’Brien

Through thick and thin, 37-year-old Niamh Kelly and Caitriona O'Brien's mutual adoration of The Spice Girls has formed a close friendship lasting over 25 years.

Lisa Curran – Kerry

31-year-old vocal coach Lisa Curran found inspiration in The Spice Girls' message through her son Christopher. Her little boy was born with autism, and the band's message helped him to accept that he was different.

Alex Le Moss – via Brazil

Alex Le Moss, who is a brand new Irish citizen, learned English through his mother's translation of the Spice Girls lyrics. He grew up in Brazil with dreams of travelling across the world to meet the band.

Clara Caslin – Dublin

Clara Caslin's dad bought her tickets to see the Spice Girls in concert back in 1997. He has since passed away, but she was first in the queue this year to get tickets for the Croke Park gig.

Each of the five documentaries are special and heart-warming in their own way, take a look now on RTÉ Player to get you in the mood for tonight's exciting gig.

Spice Up Your Life is brought to you by Docland, a new online short-form documentary strand presented by RTÉ Documentaries for the RTÉ Player.

Feature image: Instagram/@girl_power.uk

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Viewers all over the country were glued to the screens on Friday night, with The Late Late Toy Show totally taking over everyone's television schedules, and for good reason.

A record amount of viewers from over 100 countries all over the world tuned into RTÉ Player to catch a glimpse of the infamous Irish show, with a total of 1.5 million watching it on RTÉ One over the weekend.

This makes it officially the most watched programme on Irish TV in 2018, and cements it's place as the nation's television event of the year. 1.3 million viewers watched this year, making it an increase of 200,000 people.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show excelled itself this year, especially with their chosen theme of The Greatest Showman, which was hugely popular with both viewers, participants and host Ryan Tubridy.

1.3 million people watched the show live, which was an incredible 74 percent share of the TV audience during this time period.  The hashtag #LateLateToyShow even trended worldwide on Twitter.

The show had a total reach on RTÉ One of over 1.8 million viewers who tuned in for a minute or more on Friday night, some viewers on the Player logged on from Myanmar, Haiti, Mongolia and Burundi.

Ryan Tubridy gushed about the evening, saying: "I am blown away every single year at the reaction we get to The Late Late Toy Show."

"As a team, we are so honoured that people open their arms and welcome us in for such a magical night, and I sincerely hope it was as much fun for our viewers as it was for me on Friday."

"The production team and the children are what make the Toy Show special and memorable and I want to thank everyone involved, from little star Michael to our heroes Grace and Scott, to the set and costume designers. I’m delighted viewers loved it as much as we did."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They truly outdid themselves this year, the kids just get cuter and cuter every year.

We can't wait to see what they do for 2019.

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St Patrick's Day is a sacred tradition for Irish folk, and luckily it's celebrated globally. 

However, there's nothing quite like the nostalgia and authenticity of an Irish Paddy's Day parade.

If you're living abroad or will be on your holiday's this Saturday, but can't stand the thought of missing out on the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, you're in luck. 

 

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This year, RTE Player is streaming the festival online, so you can watch wherever you are, as long as you have 4G or a Wifi connection. 

Presented by Aidan Power, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Des Cahill, the St. Patrick's Day parade will be broadcast to the masses, even if you don't have access to RTE1 or 2.

Kicking off at 2.15pm Irish time, the live stream will allow those of us away from home to feel the patriotism.

 

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This year Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham will lead the parade as Grand Marshall.

The parade theme is 'Home Is Where the Heart Is,' so the live stream could not be nay more fitting for those who have emigrated.  

You can catch it here tomorrow. 

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The biggest TV event of the year is almost upon us and we cannot contain ourselves!  

The Late Late Toy Show is coming to RTÉ One and on RTÉ Player, live and on-demand, this Friday from 9:35pm (Irish Time).  With viewers in over 100 countries around the world primed to watch the show, tell your friends and family abroad they need not miss out as The Late Late Toy Show will be available to watch worldwide for free, live and on-demand on RTÉ Player, across Desktop, iOS and Android apps

Ahead of The Late Late Toy Show host Ryan Tubridy said: “One of the many great things about The Late Late Toy Show is that it is still one of those rare TV events where practically the entire country sits down to collectively enjoy it.  

"Even better, Irish people – and their friends – around the world get to watch along at the same time. People watched in 103 countries around the world last year. For that couple of hours on a Friday night we are all connected by the madness that is this utterly unique show. We have something very special planned this year and I think it is going to make a lot of people smile, no matter where they are in the world."

In preparation for the main event, viewers at home and abroad can get in training with the essential The Late Late Toy Show collection on RTÉ Player featuring some of the most noteworthy moments throughout the years. 

Revisit some of last years’ golden moments in The Late Late Toy Show 2016 before a quick recap on a selection of the most fantastic opening numbers over the years in The Late Late Toyshow Showstopping Openers. 

Remember that time Toby Kane from Wicklow played it cool when Girls Aloud surprised him?  Reminisce on some of the celebrity guests that have surprised their unsuspecting fans in The Late Late Toy Show Famous Faces. Take a moment to honour the true heroes of The Late Late Toy Show, the children. 

From pint sized toy testers to tremendously talented kids, check out the ‘gogglebox’ style clip where some of the shows past performers and toy experts take a look back at themselves all those years ago in The Late Late Toyshow Talkback.  

The Late Late Toy Show Collection is available now on RTÉ Player and viewers around the world can watch The Late Late Toy Show for free live and on demand on RTÉ Player, across Desktop, iOS and Android.

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If you didn't follow the ups and downs of the Fade Street crew back in 2010, your time has now come.

And if you're not even quite sure who the Fade Street crew are, allow us to introduce you.

While now a bonafide radio and TV personality, seven years ago Vogue Williams was embarking on a career in the competitive world of acting while working as a model and a DJ in the nation's capital.

 And she was doing it all in front of the cameras.

Vogue and co-stars, Louise Johnston, Danielle Robinson and Cici Cavanagh, were Dublin's answer to Lauren Conrad and the crew, and while there was a distinct lack of A-listers, sunshine, and Hollywood parties, the ladies did bring the drama – drama which RTÉ is only dying to reacquaint you with.

That's right ladies, every episode of the show is now available online for your viewing pleasure.

And if you're not quite sure what you're getting yourself into, why not take a sneak peek here?

 

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Whether you've been away for years, months or days, one of the things you'll surely miss about Ireland is the Paddy's Day parade.

The craic is mighty and the team behind it always seem to step it up a notch year after year.

So, if you fancy watching the Dublin parade tomorrow, all you need to do is head on to the RTÉ Player.

RTÉ Player International will allow you to stream the festivities from anywhere in the world live from the capital city from 12.15pm Irish time.

The theme for this year is 'Ireland You Are' and Des Cahill, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Aidan Power will be taking to the streets of Dublin to host the event.

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While Saoirse Ronan, Lenny Abrahamson and Emma Donoghue all missed out on awards at last night's Oscars, there was one Irish person heading home with the coveted gold statuette.

Dubliner Benjamin Cleary scooped the Best Live Action Short Film award for Stutterer, which he wrote, directed and edited.

The film tells the tale of a lonely typographer whose eloquent inner thoughts are halted by a speech impediment, and it has had huge success on the film festival award circuit too.

"Every day is a proud day to be Irish but today more so than usual. So everyone, for all the support back home, thank you so much," Ben told the audience during his acceptance speech.

And chatting to Anton Savage on Today FM this morning, he said he was planning a big night of celebrating with his producer "and best friend" Selena Armitage.

"We’re gonna head out to a party now and hopefully meet up with my brother who’s here and two of my best mates are here and they’re really the people I want to go see now and just saviour this moment with them," he admitted. 

"It’s a special time."

If you're interested in checking out the Oscar-winning short, you can do so for free on the RTÉ Player here (within the Republic of Ireland) until Sunday March 27.

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