The Late Late Show will be VERY Irish this week

The show will air on St. Patrick's Day

The Late Late Show will be VERY Irish this week

A host of well-known faces are going to find out exactly what they’re made of as The Late Late Show reveals the results of their DNA tests this St Patrick’s Day.

Earlier this year broadcaster Maura Derrane, soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy, comedian Jason Byrne and politician Michael Healy-Rae gamely agreed to have their DNA tested to determine their ancestry.

On Friday night they will find out the results live on air when’s Mike Mulligan breaks the good - or bad! - news.

They’ll be finding out exactly where they came from and who they are connected to. One of these well-known faces is a rare thing indeed – 100 per cent Irish! – while another will be discovering relatives they never knew they had.

As the Irish team prepares for a crucial World Cup Qualifier against Wales, football legend Paul McGrath joins Ryan Tubridy in studio to assess the Republic of Ireland’s chances. He’ll be chatting about the glory days of Irish football and what life has been like for him since hanging up his boots.


Dublin is home to the second oldest zoo in the world. On Friday night, The Late Late Show will be joined by the zookeepers charged with looking after the animals as they gear up for the busy summer season. There’ll be a live link-up up with Dublin Zoo and the newest addition to the zoo’s bongo herd will be christened.

Olympian Annalise Murphy will be dropping by following her stint as Grand Marshall at the St Patrick’s Day Parade to chat about how life has been since she captured silver in Rio and her prospects for Tokyo 2020.

A perennial favourite, The Late Late Show Antiques Special is back. Viewers will meet the brave souls who’ll be transforming some unloved furniture into treasures to keep.

All that and more, live on The Late Late Show, St Patrick’s Day, RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

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