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‘Late Late Toy Show’ host Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Andres Poveda

More than 1.5 million people watched the Late Late Toy Show over the weekend, making it the most watched programme of the year. The show, hosted by (...)

Late Late Toy Show: put Ryan Tubridy in a top hat and a ridiculous jumper, feed him jellies and surround him with small humans, and he really is the greatest showman. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Fourteen hours to go The country wakes to breathless bulletins breaking the only news that matters: the theme of this year’s Late Late Toy Show has be(...)

Late Late Toy Show presenter Ryan Tubridy with Alanna Willoughby (bearded lady), 12,  from Carlow;  Luke O’Connor (Napoleon), 7, from Dublin; Matthew Little (fat man),  12, from Ardee; Kayla McMahon (three-legged man), 10, from Balrothery; Colm Sullivan (wolf man), 8, from Navan;  Dylan O Connor (tattoo man), 11, from Dublin; Enya Allen (Pierrot clown), 5, from Navan; and Ella Maher (albino),  10, from Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the promoter Phineas Taylor Barnum who popularised the phrase “the greatest show on Earth”. That might be a bit of a tall claim for the Late L(...)

Ryan Tubridy and some helpers on the the Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: RTE

Death and Nightingales Monday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm & Wednesday, BBC Two, 9pm Jamie Dornan and Ann Skelly in Death And Nightingales Fe(...)

Host Ryan Tubridy and the School of Uke ukulele orchestra from east Cork during  auditions for the Late Late Toy Show in Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Black Friday (November 23rd) You clutch the bloodstained Furby you have wrestled from a crying child while simultaneously kicking an octogenarian awa(...)

Henry McKean: Unfailingly courteous yet anxiously scatty

“All week on Newstalk, it’s Ireland’s commuter hell.” Taken on its own, this sounds like a threat by the commercial station to add to rush-hour misery(...)

Ryan Tubridy and Peter Casey during last Friday’s ‘Late Late Show’. Photograph: Screengrab/RTÉ

The runner-up in the recent presidential election, Peter Casey, has said he was “shocked” at his treatment during an interview on RTÉ’s The Late Late (...)

 Presidential candidate Peter Casey

Presidential election runner-up Peter Casey has said he will run for a Dáil seat in Donegal, ideally as a Fianna Fáil candidate. Outlining his politi(...)

Live gigs kill the radio star? Nicky Byrne, pictured with co-presenter Jenny Greene, will leave 2fm for an unconfirmed period when Westlife embarks on its reunion tour.

RTÉ 2fm closed in on rival Today FM’s market share, while Radio 1 added listeners in the morning but lost them in the afternoon, the latest radio figu(...)

Podge, Rodge and Doireann Garrihy (God love her)

Irish talk shows generally trade on a heady mix of light entertainment, personal tragedy and local gossip. You know, the kind of stuff that only makes(...)

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