Sports Commentator and Shamrock Rovers Supporter

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A life-long Shamrock Rovers fan, Phil Greene tells Gay Byrne of his love for the club and about the accusations of bias in his commentary.

  • Title
    Philip Greene Sports Commentator
  • 1st Broadcast
    24/04/1987
  • Contributor
    Philip Greene
    Gay Byrne
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:37
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    The Late Late Show
  • Clip title
    Sports Commentator and Shamrock Rovers Supporter
  • Extended description

    A life-long Shamrock Rovers fan, Phil Greene tells Gay Byrne of his love for the club and about the accusations of bias in his commentary.

    Greene also remembers a priest who listened to one of his commentaries through an ear piece while hearing confessions and a director of Cork Athletic who jumped the gun organising a celebration for the 1956 FAI Cup Final.

  • Information

    This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 24 April, 1987.

    'The Late Late Show' was intended to be a summer "filler" but proved so successful with the public that it became part of the regular schedule. The idea for the programme came from the show's producer, Tom McGrath, who wanted to present an Irish version of the American talk show 'The Tonight Show'.

    Gay Byrne was to be the show's presenter and would remain so for the next 37 years. Tom McGrath's original idea was that the show would be informal and have the feel of people dropping in for a chat.

    'The Late Late Show' became an important forum for the airing and debating of many issues in a changing Irish society.

    The first programme of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcastat 11.20 pm, 6 July 1962. At the time, it was unusual to have a live talk and entertainment show on so late in the day's viewing. On that first show, the guests were Count Cyril McCormack, Ken Gray, George Desmond Hodnett and Harry Thuillier. McGrath would go on to pioneer many other successful variety shows on Irish television.

    Pat Kenny replaced Gay Byrne as presenter in 1999 and remained in that position for 10 years.The programme is still running today and is presented by Ryan Tubridy.

  • Local keywords
    Philip Greene, Gay Byrne, The Late Late Show, Shamrock Rovers,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Sport
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1987
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    94D00085
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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