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04th Jan 2020

Viewers react to moving ‘Late Late Show’ tribute to Marian Finucane

Sarah Finnan

Marian Finucane

The Late Late Show returned last night for its first episode of 2020.

Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, made an appearance discussing topics ranging from post-presidency life to religion and Brexit.

Architect Dermot Bannon of Room To Improve chatted through the process of renovating his own home, while Nathan Carter performed alongside The High Kings for the evening’s live musical entertainment.

Ryan later spoke to Kathleen Keyes from Bray, Co Wicklow. Opening up about the loss of her three children, viewers were moved by her strength and bravery.

The show also paid tribute to the late great Marian Finucane – interviewing a number of her contemporaries and friends, they fondly remembered her life and career.

Beginning the tribute with a short montage of her best work, Ryan was joined by Clare Duignan, Claire Byrne, Olivia O’Leary and Maureen Gaffney. Along with an audience full of fans and supporters, all wishing to honour her memory.

Speaking of how she “changed the face of Irish broadcasting”, Marian was remembered as one of the first women to break through into Irish radio – changing public opinion as she did so.

A “mother, friend, wife and pioneer”, it was a fitting send-off to Marian Finucane – one of the country’s finest broadcasters.

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