Daniel O’Donnell leads this week’s Late Late Show

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Dust off your cowboy boots ladies and gents because the Late Late Show country music special is back.

This week’s country music special is going to be one for the books; not only because it is to be Ryan’s last before he hangs up his shoes in May, but also because the best of the best of Ireland’s country music scene will be coming together live on the show to celebrate the music filling dance halls across the nation.

You’ll be hard-pushed not to want to tune in for one of the best nights of the year making its full return after an excruciatingly long four years.

Let’s all celebrate country music together tomorrow night!


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Daniel O’Donnell, Margo, Nathan Carter, Cliona Hagan, Philomena Begley, Derek Ryan, Claudia Buckley, TR Dallas, Trudi Lalor, Johnny Brady, Clodagh Lawlor, Niamh Lynne, Olivia Douglas, Chantelle Padden and Toy Show’s Caillin Joe lead the stellar lineup.

A country music legend will be inducted into the Irish Country Music Hall of Fame an honour previously bestowed upon Daniel O’Donnell and Philomena Begley.

Daniel O’Donnell, Nathan Carter, Cliona Hagan, and Philomena Begley will unveil an exciting new project exclusively on Friday’s show, where they will also pay tribute to the man who started it all, Irish country music legend, Big Tom.

Ryan will welcome back Toy Show star and country star of the future, Caillin Joe who will perform a Glen Campbell classic.

Some of the top Irish women in the country music scene will join the show to sing the number 1 song in the Irish charts at the minute, Miley Cyrus’ Flowers but with a bit of a country twist.

The fabulous lineup will perform a cluster of songs that changed their lives, from Irish originals to Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks to The Bellamy Brothers.

Throughout the night one of the wonderful audience members will get the surprise of their life!

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When asked about the evening full of country music and artists Ryan said: “This Late Late Country Music special will be my final one at the helm. It all started out really when I was not long in the job as the presenter of The Late Late Show and when driving around the country, I kept seeing posters of gigs of different country stars and it was a world that I wasn’t familiar with.

“And so, it began… I quickly learned that it was a world that brought people together and while I will miss seeing everybody on an annual basis, I have made a lot of friends in the country music world, and that has been my privilege”.

The Late Late Show kicks off on RTÉ One this Friday at 9:35pm

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