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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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Live at the Marquee is back this summer with a jam packed line up.

The Marquee will kick off on 7th June with Kodaline (special guest Stephanie Rainey) and over the coming weeks the following artists and comedians will take to the stage:  Tommy Tiernan, a-ha, Don McLean, Bell X1, Gavin James, CHIC featuring NILE RODGERS, Picture This, 2FM LIVE with Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Script, James Bay, Dara O’Briain, Christy Moore, Nathan Carter, Jack Johnson, Alanis Morissette, Kraftwerk 3-D and the season will finish with The Coronas who will play two dates on 13th and 14th July.

Here's the gorge lineup:

JUNE:

7 June: Kodaline with special guest Stephanie Rainey

9 June: Tommy Tiernan

12 June: a-ha

14 June: Don McLean

15 June: Bell X1

16 June: Gavin James

17 June: CHIC featuring NILE RODGERS

19 June: Picture This

20 June: Picture This

22 June: 2FM LIVE with Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

23 June: 2FM LIVE with Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

25 June: The Script

26 June: The Script

27 June: James Bay

29 June: Dara O’Briain

30 June: Christy Moore

 JULY:

1 July: Nathan Carter

2 July: Jack Johnson

4 July: Alanis Morissette

11 July: Kraftwerk 3-D

13 July: The Coronas

14 July: The Coronas

 

Tickets for Live at the Marquee are available from:

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It looks like Danny O'Donoghue has taken the whole 'new year, new me' thing a little too literally.

Clearly fed up with the tall, dark and handsome look, the Dubliner has opted to switch things up with a bleach blonde makeover just in time for The Scripts’ Freedom Child Tour starting on February 2.

The singer took Twitter earlier today to share a snap of his brand new golden locks – but not everyone was loving the new do.

“Do blondes have more fun? I guess I’m gonna find out,” he wrote.

Followers were quick to comment on Danny's choice of hairstyle with some even asking if the star was going through a mid-life crisis.

However, some fans embraced the change with one even comparing the singer to 90's cartoon icon, Johnny Bravo.

In fairness, the man could have any hairstyle and still be bloody gorgeous.

The Script head over to the UK at the beginning of February before they come back to Dublin for three gigs in the 3Arena starting from February 8.

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2018's gig schedule just keeps getting better and better!

The Script and Nathan Carter will both take to the stage at Cork's Live at the Marquee next summer.

The Dublin pop-rockers will perform on Monday, June 25, while the country crooner will play live on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Both acts achieved incredible chart success in 2017 with the release of new music.

The Script's album Freedom Child, became the fourth number one album for the band, while Nathan's album Livin' the Dream also peaked at number one in the Irish Albums Charts.

Tickets for The Script go on sale this Friday, December 15 at 9am, while tickets for Nathan Carter go on sale this Thursday, December 14 at 9am.

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The 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of The ISPCC will return this year on December 19 at the 3Arena, and the line up is looking well.

The Script will headline the event, but they wont be the only epic musicians performing on the night.

The Coronas, Gavin James, Hudson Taylor and Wild Youth will also be taking to the stage.

 

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There are more special guests who have yet to be announced.

The Ball will be hosted by 2FM presenters including Nicky Byrne & Jenny Greene, Eoghan McDermott, Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Zamparelli and Keith Walsh, Tracy Clifford and more.

Last year, the event raised over €460,000 for the ISPCC. 

 

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'We are delighted to have so many talented and successful artists perform at the 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of the ISPCC,' said Caroline Downey, President of The ISPCC.

'We are truly blessed to have their support along with 2FM, the team in MCD and the 3Arena.'

Tickets €39.50 go on sale at 9am next Friday, November 10.

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Following an intimate, sold out UK & Ireland tour The Script are now set to return to Ireland to play three arena shows in February.

The Irish three-piece will play two shows at 3Arena Dublin on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 of February, and a show in Belfast's SSE Arena on February 6.

Now, due to high demand, the boys have announced another date. 

 

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The Script will play an extra show on Thursday, September 8, in the 3Arena, brining their total Dublin dates to three. 

The tour announcement coincides with the release of their new album Freedom Child.

 

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'Ireland! Excited to announce that we’re playing in Dublin and Belfast in 2018! For a chance to receive priority access to tickets, get our album #FreedomChild before 12pm on Sept 7th,' the lads captioned an Insta pic.

Tickets are going for €42.55.

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.ie

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Following an intimate, sold out UK & Ireland tour The Script are now set to return to Ireland to play three arena shows in February.

Kicking off the tour is a sure-to-be-sold-out stint in Belfast on February 6 at the SSE Arena.

The Irish three-piece will then head down to their hometown of Dublin where they will play two shows at 3Arena on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 of February.

 

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The tour is in celebration of their new album, Freedom Child.

The new album has already topped the Irish iTunes charts, so hearing the entire thing in person would be a complete dream. 

'Ireland! Excited to announce that we’re playing in Dublin and Belfast in 2018! For a chance to receive priority access to tickets, get our album #FreedomChild before 12pm on Sept 7th,' the lads captioned an Insta pic uploaded today. 

Tickets are going for €42.55 and will be available from Ticketmaster on September 15 from 9.30am.

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After three years out of the limelight, X Factor winner, James Arthur, has burst back onto the music scene.

And while many are celebrating his triumphant return, it looks like not everybody is happy with the singer's latest offering.

Say You Won't Let Go, which reached number one in the UK charts, is currently embroiled in controversy as whisperings escalate that the track has more than a passing similarity to The Script's The Man Who Can't Be Moved.

According to The Sun, a publishing company for the Dublin band are currently investigating the matter in an attempt to see whether the British singer ripped off their 2008 track.

Commenting on the furore, a source close to the reality show winner revealed that the controversy is taking its toll on James.

"James has just got on the straight and narrow after a difficult few years and a lawsuit is the last thing he needs," the insider explained.

"Say You Won’t Let Go is already one of the biggest singles of the year so this is a real hammer blow," they added while acknowledging: "There is no doubt the songs sound alike and have a similar chord progression."

We're curious to see how this one pans out…

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The Script have been enjoying some well-needed time off, but we'll be honest, we were missing their tracks popping up on the charts.

Well, we won't have to wait much longer as the band have announced that they're back in the studio and ready to record a new album. Hurrah!

The last album they released was nearly two years ago, back in September 2014, and it reached number one across the UK and Ireland.

Guitarist Mark Sheehan announced the great news on Instagram yesterday, with a picture of the boys setting up behind him.

 

Back in studio! Guitars on my mind all the time! Big love. M

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"Back in the studio! Guitars on my mind all the time! Big love. M," he captioned the snap.

Yes, lads, We're so excited!

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Uninvited guests are generally not welcome at a wedding, but sometimes you have to make an exception.

Especially if the wedding crashers in question just so happen to be Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson and Irish singer Danny O'Donoghue.

Bride Sarah Andrews married her sweetheart Tom Lenihan on Sunday in Belfast's Culloden Hotel, where R-Patz just so happened to be staying. When guests spotted the actor roaming around, they persuaded him to pose for a few photos, and he was more than happy to oblige. 

"The wedding reception was taking place downstairs, a few of the lads from the wedding had seen him and reported this back to the bride," videographer Reuben Skinner told Mashable.

The Twilight star was a good sport about the whole affair, according to wedding guest James Reid. "I plucked up the courage and went over and said he was going to get mobbed by about 20 girls, he is such a quiet guy and he was a bit taken back by it, all these girls," James told the Irish Independent.

"In fairness, he sat and got his pictures taken until the Culloden staff came and moved him on."

But the star-studded special guest list doesn't end there, as The Script's Danny was also staying in the hotel that evening ahead of a Belfast gig, and stopped to pose for some snaps too. Sound!

 

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"We came in the main entrance and bumped into Danny from The Script. He was a really nice guy and went out and got pictures with everyone," James said.

Calvin Harris was also reportedly staying on site that evening, but sadly Tom and Sarah missed out on the celebrity hat trick.

We expect the Culloden Hotel is about to get mobbed with wedding bookings…

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You may recall Karen Danczuk, 32, as the selfie queen and former wife of British MP Simon Danczuk, 48.

She basically took over social media when a string of her sexy selfies caught the attention of the public.

Apparently our own Danny O’Donoghue of The Script fame has taken notice too.

Karen and Simon split up earlier this year, but that didn’t stop the selfie enthusiast from flaunting her now famous assets for her 62,000 Twitter followers: in particular, the former councillor for the town of Lancashire  became a household name with her flair for bikini selfies.

Her peers weren’t so wild about her social media habits, with one calling her out for “cheapening” women in politics and labelling her “Westminster’s most embarrassing wife”. Ouch.

After very public split from MP husband Simon, however, things seem to looking up for the brunette.

According to the 32-year old, she’s feeling the love from a string of celeb suitors. Most interesting was what she told The Sun about 35-year old Dublin rocker Danny.

“Danny O’Donoghue from The Script got his agent to ask if I wanted to go on a date. It’s something I’m definitely considering.”

This comes not so long after rumours surfaced that Karen was having an affair with her personal trainer, Ben. Which did not go down so well with Simon, who took to Twitter to address the issue.

Despite the social media row, Karen has said of late their spilt is “very amicable”. She also again denied any rumours she and Ben had an affair in an interview with Channel 5.

Karen may not enjoy having her personal life up for debate for the masses, apparently, but she does seem to be making the most of her new single status as she took to twitter to announce she had signed up for an online dating site.

Looks like she may not need it after all with the “plenty of offers” she’s gotten from hopeful celebrities, Danny included.

While Danny hasn’t commented on the issue as of yet, we are interested to see what he makes of the situation. 

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We think it’s safe to say that NOBODY saw this one coming! Tulisa has sparked romance rumours after she was spotted on a beach walk with none other than The Script’s frontman Danny O’Donoghue!

The former X Factor judge is currently in Barbados with Simon Cowell and a mutual group of friends when she was spotted with the Irish heartthrob.

However, Tulisa is far from being the only girl that Danny has been linked to in recent weeks, with rumours of a romance with Linsday Lohan being denied only two days ago. The singer was also reportedly spotted cosying up to a Brazilian model named Anna de Paul who stars in The Script’s new music video.

Meanwhile, Tulisa continues to revive her career following drugs allegations that led to something of a fall back in June 2013. The case was later dismissed in June of this year. Since then, the singer has made several TV appearances, as well as filling in for Mel B on an episode of The X Factor recently. 

Could this be the start of something beautiful for Tulisa and Danny…? Time will tell! 

 

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