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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. 

The Late Late Show, Friday, September 20 at 9.35pm on RTÉ One

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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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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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