Bumper line-up for Late Late Show celebration of Irish in Britain live from London

By Kyle Lehane
Digital Desk intern

Graham Norton, Brendan O’Carroll, and Imelda May are among a host of names taking part in The Late Late Show’s London special. 

The show, which will be broadcast live from Central Hall, Westminster, tomorrow night at 9.35pm will be a celebration of the Irish in Britain and their contribution to their adopted country.

Late Late host Ryan Tubridy will be chatting with some of the Irish people who have made a splash in showbiz and others who have been making waves in their own fields.

The show will also touch on the other side of the Irish story in Britain, looking at the experience of those who would much rather be at home.

Britain’s favourite chatshow host, Cork man Graham Norton will be chatting about his new book, A Keeper, and telling us why he decided to leave Ireland to chance his fortunes in the UK.

Brendan O’Carroll joins Ryan to chat about the extraordinary success of Mrs Brown’s Boys and why British people took Agnes into their hearts.

He’ll also be telling us what he learned as he travelled across Britain for his upcoming series exploring the impact of the Irish there.

Imelda May and Finbar Furey will be sharing their stories of crossing the water to make it big on the British music scene.

Imelda first headed overseas in the 90s and went onto have three successive top ten albums in the UK .

Finbar as part of The Fureys made it big with the much loved “When You Were Sweet Sixteen.”

The son of a Waterford man who emigrated to the UK, Mick McCarthy went on to play for Ireland and manage the Republic of Ireland team bringing them to a controversial World Cup.

He will be telling Ryan what it was like to grow up as the son of an Irish emigrant at a time when relations between Britain and Ireland were defined by the Troubles and then to find himself part of the transformative experience that was Italia 90.

Ryan will also be chatting with former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan about how he became a symbol for peace and neutrality when he fought his way to the WBA featherweight world title.

As Brexit looms, Ryan will be discussing the potential fall out from Britain’s decision to leave the EU with avowed remainers including former Labour spinmaster Alastair Campbell and Dublin-born Liberal Democrat Baroness Dee Doocey and steadfast Brexiteers former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and economist, and Irish citizen, Liam Halligan.

Finally, we'll have the Irish ceilí supergroup to end all Irish ceilí supergroups as Andrea and Caroline Corr, The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, The Dubliners’ John Sheahan, Clannad’s Moya Brennan and John Spillane come together for a very special performance.

So to enjoy this very special episode tune into the Late Late Show, live from London, this Friday, October 12, RTÉ One at 9.35pm

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