The Late Late Tribute Shows

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The Late Late Tribute Shows
Genre Talk show
Presented by Ryan Tubridy
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Dublin, Ireland
Original network RTÉ One
Related shows The Late Late Show
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The Late Late Tribute Shows are a series of special editions of the world's longest-running[1] chat show, The Late Late Show broadcast on RTÉ One in Ireland each Friday evening. Over decades the shows has featured a broad range of well-known public figures including Micheál Mac Liammóir, Joe Dolan, Maureen Potter, Michael O'Hehir, Brian Lenihan, Jimmy Magee, Christy Moore, Mike Murphy and Paul McGrath. In 1999, there was a special programme marking six months since the Omagh bombing and there was also a special show in the wake of 9/11.[2] There were also tribute shows celebrating Irish music and a Late Late Show special devoted to Irish comedians. Individual bands and musicians to have been given a tribute show include The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, The Chieftains, The Dubliners,[3] U2, Westlife[4] and, most recently, Ronnie Drew himself.[5]

The Tribute Shows, along with the Toy Show, tends to be one of the few editions of The Late Late Show to require advance preparation before the week of broadcast.[6]

Tribute list[edit]

Date Tribute/Special Guests
13 May 1967 The Clergy
16 March 1968 The London Irish Eamonn Andrews
25 October 1969 Micheál Mac Liammóir Maureen Potter and Hilton Edwards
31 May 1975 Michael O'Hehir
6 January 1973 Seán Keating
18 December 1976 Maureen Potter
21 January 1984 Seán McBride
28 April 1984 The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna, John Sheahan, Seán Cannon and Paddy Reilly
22 September 1984 Gaelic Athletic Association
1987 The Dubliners Luke Kelly, Ciarán Bourke, Eamonn Campbell, The Fureys & Davey Arthur, Charles Haughey, Jim McCann, Christy Moore, The Pogues, Stockton's Wing and U2
20 January 1989 Jimmy Magee
30 March 1990 Brian Lenihan[disambiguation needed]
1993 Sharon Shannon
29 April 1994 Noel V. Ginnitty Sonny Knowles, Tony Kenny, Danny Doyle and Deirdre O'Callaghan
7 October 1994 Christy Moore
17 March 1995 John O'Shea Olivia O'Leary, Mick O'Dwyer, Jimmy Magee
19 April 1996 Dónal Lunny Sharon Shannon
20 December 1996 Daniel O'Donnell
27 March 1998 Michael Flatley The Chieftains, Van Morrison
6 November 1998 Joe Dolan
20 November 1999 Omagh U2, The Corrs, Bob Geldof and Mary McAleese
19 May 2000 Mike Murphy Gay Byrne, Joe Duffy
12 December 2007 Westlife Bertie Ahern
22 February 2008 Ronnie Drew U2, Andrea Corr, The Dubliners, Sinéad O'Connor and Kíla
1 December 1998 Joe Dolan
19 December 2008 Boyzone Louis Walsh and Eoghan Quigg
27 December 2008 Joe Dolan Johnny Logan, Dustin the Turkey, Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan, Ben Dolan, Larry Gogan and Sam Smyth
9 January 2009 Gaelic Athletic Association The Saw Doctors and the Artane Boys Band, Bertie Ahern, Eamon Dunphy, Oliver Callan, Pat Spillane, Eileen Dunne, Brush Shiels and Tommy Fleming
5 November 2010 Johnny Giles Nobby Stiles, Norman Hunter, Ray Houghton, Paul McGrath, Ronnie Whelan, Eamon Dunphy, Liam Brady and Bill O'Herlihy
18 November 2011 Brendan Grace Red Hurley, Dickie Rock, Michael Flatley and Burt Reynolds
9 December 2011 Daniel O'Donnell Pat Shortt, Jason Byrne, Sinitta, Aled Jones and Rebecca Ferguson
1 June 2012 The Late Late Show Gay Byrne, Pat Kenny, Liam Neeson, Bono, Horslips, Patrick Kielty, Pat Shortt, Twink, Sinéad O'Connor and Imelda May


  1. ^ "Dima performs at The Late Late Show". Eurovision. 31 May 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "History". RTÉ. Accessed 24 November 2008.
  3. ^ "The Late Late Show Tribute to The Dubliners". Accessed 23 November 2008.
  4. ^ "A holiday in Killinaskully". The Irish Times. 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  5. ^ "U2 on the Late Late Show tonight". RTÉ. 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Gay Byrne Interview". RTÉ. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 

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