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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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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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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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What's Friday night without the Late Late?

The line-ups have been great this year and with Tubs at the helm, we've really been enjoying it.

So who will be getting grilled tonight?

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar will natter to Ryan about his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in one of the most applauded TV shows of the last decade, his illustrious career and reflect on what it was like growing up in Northern Ireland.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Then we have former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane who, in 2017 when an action plan to positively develop rural Ireland was launched, was appointed to work with local communities and relay concerns back to the government.

Two years on, Pat joins Ryan to talk about if enough is being done to save rural Ireland.

For a bit of glam, we have Editor-in-chief of US Glamour magazine Samantha Barry and TV presenter Laura Whitmore on their work in the media industry.

The pair will join Ryan to talk about everything from their beginnings in Ballincollig and Bray to why it’s so important to them that women support each other.

After that, Portarlington native Fr Sean Hyland will open up about how he had a successful career as an electrical engineer, but after the deaths of his two children Seana and Ciaran, and then the death of his wife Liz, he decided to become a priest in his 60s.

Similarly, Niall McDonagh’s journey to find faith came about following a string of family tragedies, when the death of his brother, father and cousin left him bereft.

Both men join Ryan to chat about grief and why they turned to religion to cope.

Another guest is Dessie Fitzgerald who 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.

Then we have World Naked Bike Ride is an annual, worldwide event that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads, with full or partial nudity encouraged and participants urged to “bare as you dare".

To celebrate the event in Cork on the June 8, 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.

Tune in to The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, April 19 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.

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The Late Late Show is celebrating love in all its forms tonight with a show dedicated to romance and butterflies in your stomach.

'So who are the guests for their infamous Valentine's Day episode?', I hear you ask. Well, Tubs has a treat for everyone in the love-struck audience.

Reality TV star couple Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews fell in love while filming a TV show in 2017, and now they're married with little baby Theodore. They join Ryan Tubridy in the studio tonight, getting candid about their relationship.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What else could startle the romantic senses on the guest seat? Well, someone who has adapted some of Shakespeare's greatest love stories to film and TV is stopping by for a chat.

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh will join The Late Late Show panel of guests to discuss his new movie All Is True, and will elaborate on why Ireland holds a special place in his heart, having moved to England at a young age.

The show has also carried out a search for 'The Greatest Love of All' nationwide, and the public will exclusively be hearing some of the most romantic tales of true love, and viewers who have found their soul mate against all the odds. SWISH SWOO.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Audience games will be taking place (sure to be absolutely GAS), and the 200 singles will be hoping to find that special someone on the RTÉ show.

Music from Whigfield and Mickey Joe Harte join Ryan for some music.. Is is because Mickey Joe's name sounds like Heart? Who knows…tune in to see.

Comedy dance duo Lords of Strut also pop by the Valentine's show to add to the hilarity, rounding up the guests nicely.

There have been some classic humour moments from the show, remember when one guest Colm had his mum asking him questions about his love life? We DIED.

The Late Late Show's annual love programme has long been one of the favourites with the viewers, and for good reason.

We can't wait to see what's in store tonight, the love episode is ALWAYS the best. Apart from the Toy Show, of course. 

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Liam Neeson has had to defend himself against the racist remarks he made in an interview in The Independent, which was released yesterday.

The Cold Pursuit actor spoke of roaming the streets with a cosh, hoping to murder a "black bastard" after a woman close to him was raped years ago.

Speaking on Good Morning America, he said; "I’m not racist, this was 40 years ago. I was brought up in the north of Ireland. The Troubles. The Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. There was a war going on in the north of Ireland."

"I had acquaintances who were involved in the trouble. The bigotry. One Catholic would be killed, the next day a protestant would be killed. I grew up surrounded by that, but I was never surrounded by it," he said. 

The original article featured the Taken actor recalling being told about a friend's rape after he returned from a trip overseas.

“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said. “But my immediate reaction was… did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person."

“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody. I’m ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week – hoping some (Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers) ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Neeson claimed it took him at least a week to process the incident, and anger was his first instinct.

“It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that,” he said. “It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f*ck are you doing’, you know?"

The actor brought up the personal anecdote after being asked to give more insight into his Cold Pursuit character Nels Coxman, who seeks revenge after his son is killed by a drug gang.

The internet went into a meltdown after the interview was published, with the majority of social media users accusing him of racism.

One Twitter user wrote: “Liam Neeson being ready to take any black life over what one person allegedly did just shows how meaningless and inconsequential black lives are to some."

They continued; “Even him telling the story demonstrates a level of privilege and understanding that there may not be repercussions.”

Actor Terry Crews, who is the host of America's Got Talent and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, wrote on social media:

"Reminds me of a time I got provoked by a rich white guy I didn’t know. Hoping I would do something." He has been an advocate for domestic violence and sexual violence victims.

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy chose to defend Liam Neeson today, saying that the actor didn't mean any harm;

"I don’t think for one minute that Liam Neeson ever wanted to kill anybody, or would ever harm anyone, or really actually meant it at all. ‘However, “you just can’t say that kind of thing” is what I suspect is going to be the response to that."

He continued;

"Having met him several times, it’s the sort of thing that he might have said over a coffee to somebody privately, but he kind of let it out into the public and that poses a serious problem for him, I suspect, in Hollywood particularly, with all the sensitivities you’d expect and that are rightly there. It’s a conundrum for him."

Former England footballer has also defended the star, calling out other heroes in society who were less than angelic when it came to race (Hi, Winston Churchill) and praising his admission of guilt.

Piers Morgan has branded him a member of the KKK, so he must be in pretty scalding water right now.

What are your thoughts on the debate; Is he shining an important light on the racist instincts present in society, specifically straight, white men? Or is he cancelled? The jury's still out.

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The Late Late Show are seeking out singles and couples for their renowned Valentine's Special, which returns to screens on Friday, February 8.

Do you have the greatest love of all? Ryan Tubridy is on the hunt for Ireland's most spine-tingly romantic love stories, and has asked the public for their help:

“We’re searching up and down the country for the most romantic tales of true love –  and we want to hear from you," he said. Ooh La La… PLEASE Share your stories, tug on our heartstrings and help us find our other half.

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We're talkin' single tear kind of tales, the ones that make you grab the tissues and text your mates saying, "Love really does exist after all, despite the fact I keep getting ghosted."

Maybe you’ve travelled the world but ended up falling head over heels with your next door neighbour, or maybe you’re celebrating a special wedding anniversary and would like to tell us where it all began – whatever your story is, we want to hear from you!”

You can also still be in the run to be an audience member on the night, they need eligible lads and lasses who aren't camera shy and are looking for their soulmate. Remember the incredible proposal from last year?

You can check out the process on their website here.

To apply, all you have to do is e-mail latelatespecials@rte.ie or post a letter to: Greatest Love of All, Late Late Show, PO Box 170, RTÉ, Dublin 4.

The Valentine's Special will air at 9:35pm on RTÉ One on Friday, February 8. We can't wait, it's always gas craic altogether.

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Saoirse Ronan is one of Ireland's BIGGEST ever stars, so we cherish any moment when the Carlow actress lands on Irish soil.

Fresh from her presenting gig at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, Ronan returns to Dublin to lead the all-star line-up of tomorrow night's The Late Late Show on RTÉ.

The 24-year-old already has three Oscar nominations under belt, and now there's talk of Mary, Queen of Scots finally earning her the coveted golden statue.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saoirse joins Ryan Tubridy to have a chat about working with Margot Robbie on the new movie, and her journey from The Clinic and Proof all the way to working with Margot Robbie in Hollywood.

We can't wait to hear the goss about life on set, the Oscars buzz and what stars she wants to work with in the future.

She's making the Irish look DAMN GOOD, and we're proud of the gal. She's had an illustrious career already at a young age, but she's just getting started.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ronan will be joined on The Late Late Show by hilarious actor John C. Reilly and comic Steve Coogan, who stop by for a chat about their new Laurel and Hardy biopic, Stan and Ollie.

Padraig Harrington also joins the panel of celebrity guests on the couch, and will no doubt converse with Ryan about the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Last but not least, four of Ireland's most successful young people will visit Tubridy; boxer Michael Conlon, Irish actor and BAFTA Rising Star nominee Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), journalist Ellen Coyne and influencer Rosie Connolly.

Music from indie-rockers The Academic and spoken word poems from Natalya O'Flaherty round up the evening, catch it tomorrow night at 9:35pm on RTÉ One.

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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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