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06th Sep 2018

Ray D’Arcy’s Line-Up On Saturday Gives The Late Late Show A Big Run For Its Money On Friday

Darragh Berry

The schools are back and the summer is over and that only means one thing: Quality chat shows are back on our screens.

It’s the first week back for both Ryan Tubridy and Ray D’Arcy and there’s something for everyone in the first episode back of the season.

The Late Late Show will celebrate a summer of Irish sporting triumphs and hear from one of Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, Piers Morgan, when it returns on Friday night.

The Irish Senior Women’s Hockey Team will be chatting about their stunning success when they made history becoming the first Irish sporting team to reach a World Cup final; the huge support they received from home and the impact their victory is having on hockey in Ireland.

They waited 45 years and this year the Limerick Senior Hurling team finally lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup much to the joy of their county. Manager John Kiely, captain Declan Hannon and strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor will be in studio to discuss how they did it.

Following their success at the European Championships, Ryan will be hearing from gymnast Rhys McClenaghan about beating Olympic champion Max Whitlock to win pommel horse Gold twice in one year; hurdler Thomas Barr about becoming the first ever Irish man to win a medal in a sprint event in the history of the championships. Swimmer Ellen Keane will tell viewers about the Irish team’s huge success in the European Para Swimming and Athletics Championships including her own victory in the 100m breaststroke SB8.

It was the rescue mission that gripped the world and Clare based cave diver Jim Warny found himself right in the middle of it when he helped to successfully rescue 12 young boys and their coach trapped in a Thai cave. He will tell viewers just how dangerous the mission was for the divers, why he was willing to risk his life to save the group and how close to disaster the boys really were.

When Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey took to the stage at the Rose Dome she won the support of the nation as she opened up about her parents’ struggle with heroin addiction and the impact it had on her life. Shauna and her mum Angela Ray join Ryan to discuss their story of battling through and inspiring others to do the same.

Plus music from James Vincent McMorrow and Beverley Craven sings the 90s classic Promise Me.

The Late Late is on Friday, September 7 at 9.35pm

On Saturday night, in a Love Island exclusive, the winning couple who melted our hearts all summer, Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, will join Ray to talk about life since leaving the villa, what it’s like living together away from the TV cameras, how they avoided joining the ‘Do Bits Society’ and their exciting plans for the future.

Creator of classic comedy Derry Girls Lisa McGee joins Ray along with some of the stars of the show to talk about what makes Derry Girls so great and making the switch from screen to stage for her new play Girls and Dolls.

Ray meets Oisin Langford and Ned Hawkins from Waterford who are determined to turn their comic business into a massive industry making them millionaires before they are teenagers.

There’ll be music from Damien Dempsey who will also be talking about tracing his ancestry for TV series Who Do you Think You Are?

And Alison Nevin the lucky Dublin girl who got a selfie with Pope Francis in Croke Park reveals how she got the snap of a lifetime.

That airs on RTÉ One on Saturday at 9:45pm.

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