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24th Feb 2020

Roy Keane’s Late Late appearance has led to a massive spike in donations to Irish Guide Dogs

James Fenton

Roy Keane holding an adorable puppy while chatting to a young fan doesn’t exactly equate to his fiery reputation but that’s exactly what viewers of the Late Late Show saw on Friday night.

The Corkman was on the RTE chat show to talk about his work with Irish Guide Dogs, an organisation he has been involved with since he was at the peak of his footballing powers. The national broadcaster has now revealed that 567,000 people tuned in to watch Ryan Tubridy’s interview with Roy, making up 51% of audience share on the night. As well as the massive viewing figures, Keane’s appearance on the show has led to over €56,000 being raised for Irish Guide Dogs.

During the show, viewers got a great laugh out of Ryan making Roy say the word ‘woof’, which is what you need to text to 50300 to make a donation of €4. As much as Roy’s brooding Cork energy melts hearts whenever he appears on TV, it was nothing compared to his furry friend Féile who spent the first part of the interview in Roy’s arms. As a guide dog in training, any money raised will go towards Féile and other dogs learning how to change the lives of visually-impaired people around Ireland.

As well as Roy and Féile, viewers also got to meet young Daragh Curley who made headlines last week after getting a response from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in relation to his request that The Reds start to lost more games. Of course, this went down well with former Manchester United man Keane but Daragh’s revelation that he wants to be a rugby player when he grows up wasn’t greeted as kindly.

That number again if you wish to donate to Irish Guide Dogs is 50300 and remember the word you have to text – WOOF.