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This year’s Late Late Toy Show had the nation in tears. It was quite possibly one of the best Toy Shows of all time and it’s all because of the wonderful kids that melted our hearts on Friday night.

Tom and Nanny Pet, brave Sophia, inspiring Ella and the adorable Sophie had us crying into our cups of tea.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And we weren’t the only ones.

Ryan Tubridy admitted that he was struggling to hold back the tears as he spoke to the kids on Friday night’s show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking on his RTÉ Radio 1 show, he said, “The biggest thanks have to go to the children, who kind of knocked us out really."

“They just seemed to come out with this wisdom and knowledge, self-awareness and kindness that seemed to make a lot of people cry."

"I found myself, uncharacteristically, having to take very deep breaths every so often because honestly, if I was to let go I probably wouldn't have made it through part two or three,” he revealed.

“I was, like everyone else, just taken aback by them,” Ryan added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A whopping 1.7 million people tuned into the Toy Show this year and Ryan is already gearing up for 2020’s show.

“Every bone in my body is groaning. But it was worth every second of it. It would take it out of you, that's the truth, in a good way. We'll do it all again next year – I have the theme in my head already!" he quipped.

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Tomorrow evening's show is set to be jam-packed, kicking off with Westlife, who will be performing a number of songs, including new single My Blood, as well as chatting to Ryan about their pop career and stunning comeback. Over 10,000 fans applied for the chance to be a part of The Late Late Show audience following a call out earlier this week for their most devoted followers!

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, as well as to discuss what went wrong for Ireland in Japan.

Iconic newscaster Trevor McDonald joins Ryan to talk about interviewing some of the most famous people in the world, from beloved statesmen like Nelson Mandela, to sitting down opposite dictators like Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi. Trevor will be sharing how he went from from growing up impoverished on a small Caribbean island to becoming the definitive face of the news for a generation.

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

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With just over one week to go until the most eagerly anticipated production of the Irish TV calendar airs, The Late Late Toy Show trailer will premiere on RTÉ from this evening. 

Marshmallows, Christmas jumpers and popcorn angels are the order of the day, as one little boy and his family prepare to settle in to watch the show, and there's also a special appearance from Gabriel, The Late Late Show owl, named after the late Gay Byrne. 

Created by the RTÉ Marketing and Promotions team, the trailer will premiere on television tonight, Wednesday, November 20, just before the Six O'Clock News bulletin on RTÉ One. The promo will air in rotation across RTÉ One and RTÉ2 in the lead up to the show on Friday November 29, hosted by Ryan Tubridy. 

This year, for the first time, RTÉ News Now will simulcast The Late Late Toy Show with Irish Sign Language. Presenters Daniel Crean and Amanda Coogan will sign on the night. 

Over three evenings leading up to the biggest TV event of the year, The Late Late Toy Show Unwrapped team will bring viewers on a trip down memory lane of Toy Shows past, with a sneaky behind-the-scenes look forward to what The Late Late Toy Show 2019 has in store. 

Remember JohnJoe the horologist from Ryan's very first Toy Show? The team has tracked JohnJoe down to where he now resides, in Paris, studying law and still loving clocks. Stella McGirl from Leitrim also returns to talk about her two stints on The Late Late Show, and gracing the front page of The Leitrim Observer. 

The Late Late Toy Show Unwrapped airs Wednesday, 27, Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 November on RTÉ One at 7pm.

Next Friday's theme remains a closely-guarded secret. 

The Late Late Toy Show airs on RTÉ One on Friday November 29 at 9.35pm.

Watch the trailer below:

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Tributes have been pouring in all across Ireland since news of Gay Byrne’s death broke earlier today. The RTÉ broadcaster died at the age of 85 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

A special live edition of The Late Late Show in tribute to Gay Byrne will air tomorrow night, RTÉ confirmed. The moving live show will air on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

The former host of The Late Late Show has been honoured by the show’s current host, Ryan Tubridy.

Ryan paid tribute to his mentor and fellow Late Late host in an emotional statement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He wrote, “It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne. 

“He was the master, a once off and the likes of which we will never see again. I watched him as a child, worked alongside him as a young man and he guided me as I grew older and I will forever be indebted to him.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He added, “We in RTÉ have lost a friend, a family have lost a father and a husband and the country has lost an icon. May he rest in peace."

Gay Byrne was the first ever host of The Late Late Show. In the late 1960’s, he returned to Ireland as presenter and producer of The Late Late Show. The programme went on to become the world’s longest running chat show.

Gay Byrne presented his final daily radio show in 1998 and his final Late Late Show the following summer.

Gay is survived by his wife Kathleen, their daughters Crona and Suzy, and their families.

The special live edition of The Late Late Show in tribute to Gay Byrne airs tomorrow, Tuesday night at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.

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On The Late Late Show tonight, The Script's Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power will be joining host Ryan Tubridy to discuss a turbulent year, their upcoming album, and the secret to their longevity in the music industry. The band will also be performing their latest single, The Last Time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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. Blindboy will also chat about the thinking and inspirations behind his forthcoming short story collection, Boulevard Wren & Other Stories. 

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.

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 Francis Brennan, a stalwart of the Irish hospitality industry, will be here to talk about reaching retirement age, and why he has absolutely no intention of slowing down. 

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 importance of regular health checks, and the challenges of motherhood whilst seriously ill. 

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. 

All of this and more on The Late Late Show, Friday November 1 at 9.35pm on RTÉ One

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Watching the Late Late Toy Show is one of our favourite Christmas traditions. The show is absolutely hilarious, ridiculously cringey, but pure magic. 

This year’s Toy Show is mere weeks away and it sounds like it is going to be the best one yet.

Ryan Tubridy shared exciting details about this year’s Toy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning, “Very busy day yesterday but a most enjoyable [day], meeting people from all around the place.

"There was a big Toy Show meeting the size of a big juggernaut made out of marshmallows and candy floss, so that was good. It's only about six or seven weeks [to the Toy Show] when you think about it. And that's kind of terrifying and exciting at the same time,” Ryan said.

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"It is arguably going to be the biggest one we've done to date. It's that big. The opening number was under discussion yesterday and… I'm feeling good, yes, I'm feeling good,” the broadcaster added.

Ryan teased, "You're gonna see me like you've never saw me before – put it that way. So that's kind of exciting."

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Ryan kept quiet about the theme of this year's show but we can't help but think it'll be Elf or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory considering all his sweet references.

We'll just have to wait and see!

The Late Late Toy Show airs on November 29.

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On The Late Late Show this Friday, two powerhouses of Irish comedy, Pat Shortt and Tommy Tiernan, will chat to Ryan about joining forces for the gritty black comedy Dark Lies the Island. The film is set in a small Irish town over a week-long period, and also stars Moe Dunford, Peter Coonan and Charlie Murphy. 

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Rising star of the airwaves and of screen, Doireann Garrihy will discuss the biggest year of her career to date, as well as dealing with online bullies. She will also impersonate some of the well-known Irish faces that feature in the second series of The Doireann Project. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Former Irish football international Kevin Kilbane will be in studio to discuss, amongst other things, feeling Irish whilst living in Britain in the Brexit era, his love of Mayo football, and his devastation at the loss of his father. He has also just been unveiled as one of the upcoming contestants on Dancing On Ice, and will predict whether his football skills will transfer to the ice.

This Friday features a special performance from Moya Brennan, along with the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, ahead of receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

There will also be a debut performance of the new single from Hudson Taylor. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tonight’s Late Late Show will be one of the best by far. The line-up is better than we expected so we’ll certainly be staying in tonight.

Laura Madden, the Monaghan-born former Miramax employee, who was one of the first women to go public with allegations of sexual abuse against film producer Harvey Weinstein, joins Ryan to discuss her experiences working with him in the early 1990s.

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In celebration of the Dublin Senior Footballers' 5-in-a-row, Dean Rock and his father Barney Rock, a former Dublin player, will be in studio, chatting to Ryan about Dublin's historic win last weekend, while rugby legend Shane Byrne helps us kick off the Rugby World Cup, Japanese style.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Popular TV chef Donal Skehan is on hand to discuss life in LA and raising his family there, as well as challenging some audience members to a cook-off. 

In a week that saw hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on Carlow for the National Ploughing Championships, the finalists of the Farm Heroes Awards will tell their stories, before the overall winner of this year's awards are announced. 

He's one of Ireland's most-loved songwriters, and Phil Coulter, son of Derry, will give his thoughts on the future of Northern Ireland, before a special performance of The Town I Loved So Well.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There will also be a musical performance from English singer-songwriter Freya Ridings, who will sing Castles.

Plus…they are the most sought-after tickets of the year, and we have a pair up for grabs for The Late Late Toy Show, as well as €20,000 prize for one lucky viewer at home. 

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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.

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Love Island 2019 winners Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea have reportedly broken up after only five weeks, and we're already campaigning for Amber's justice.

22-year-old Geordie beautician Amber was supposed to fly to Ireland tonight to see the rugby player, but The Sun is reporting that 24-year-old Greg has split with Amber over busy schedules.

Now, bear in mind that anything The Sun says must be taken with a pinch of salt, but a 'source' told the publication; 

"Amber feels used by Greg. He was always aware of the distance and his career in their relationship, and yet he chose to seek out Amber in the villa knowing there would always be the distance."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"He hasn’t made any effort to come to London to see Amber, despite it being over five weeks, it’s always Amber who had to make the effort."

Amber was apparently 'devastated' by the cruel-hearted dumping, although she 'had a feeling' that things were gradually coming to an end. BY TEXT THOUGH? Greg, we thought you were different.

The Newcastle beauty wrote on Instagram just two days ago; "My babes. Squinty squinterson. Miss ya" alongside a photo of Greg, although Greg last posted an Instagram picture of her on August 18. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple were scheduled to appear on The Late Late Show tonight with fellow islander Maura Higgins.

The pair were the shock winners of the fifth series of Love Island after being coupled up for only 12 days, deciding to share the £50,000 prize.

Soon-to-be-solicitor Greg was a late arrival and charmed Amber after she was pied by Michael Griffiths, who chose to recouple with Joanna Chimonides in the Casa Amor twist.

The winners haven’t been seen much together due to the distance between Limerick and Newcastle.

Amber had visited Ireland only two weeks ago, with the couple going sightseeing at the Cliffs of Moher. 

If the split is real, then Amber and Greg have the honour of being the fastest-winning couple to break up. We'll most likely discover the real story tonight, if they appear together on Ryan Tubridy's couch.

Great job, Greg. You've lost plenty of fans for losing Amber, she's an absolute gem. Ovie, any help?

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None other than the Queen of Longford, Maura Higgins, will join Ryan Tubridy on the new season of The Late Late Show this week.

The Love Island star is set to join iconic singer Sinead O'Connor and hilarious comedian and actress Aisling Bea on the couch.

Ryan Tubridy revealed the opening episode features “a selection of people representing Ireland", telling RTE Guide;

“Sinead O’Connor, an icon; Aisling Bea, a new superstar knocking them out in the UK; and Maura Higgins from Love Island, a pop-culture phenomenon. It’s running the gamut, and that’s where The Late Late excels.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"We’re also hoping to make a nod towards all the people who’ve served this country in uniform, which needs to be done. Just to say thanks. And where else can you do that, but on the Late Late."

Tubs has previously hinted that the Longford lass will join him on the sofa, saying to the Irish Mirror last week;

“I was watching it (Love Island) over the shoulders of youngsters no but like my feeling about that is even if you didn’t watch it, you know that even when it was going down the toilet and people were saying it was boring and it was the worst series of it, what did it take?"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“It took an Irish woman from Longford to change it all. She goes on and suddenly the show comes alive. And not even just that it was also won by an Irish man.”

This year will mark Tubridy's 11th year as host of the show;

“As of midnight when we get to the end of the show on September 6, I’ll be the second longest-serving host of the Late Late Show which is a strange mantel but a very big honour in my life.”

 Maura is currently taking a break from her appearances at events after admitting via her Instagram stories that she's completely "shattered" and "burnt out".

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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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