"North Seem To Be Rebels, South Seem To Be Leprechauns"

EXHIBITION : ST PATRICK'S DAY AS SEEN ON TV

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St Patrick's Day often prompts discussions of what it means to be Irish. In a 'Late Late Show' special broadcast from London, presenter Gay Byrne takes to the streets and asks English people what they know of Ireland.

  • Title
    London Special
  • 1st Broadcast
    15/03/1980
  • Contributor
    Gay Byrne (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:10
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    The Late Late Show
  • Clip title
    "North Seem To Be Rebels, South Seem To Be Leprechauns"
  • Extended description

    A report filmed for the 'The Late Late Show'. Presenter Gay Byrne travels to London, England in advance of St Patrick's Day and asks people in London for their views of Ireland and the Irish.

    Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his feast day is celebrated on March 17th.

  • Information

    '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 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 broadcast at 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.

    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.

    Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his feast day is celebrated on March 17th.

  • Local keywords
    St Patricks Day, London, England, Vox Pop
  • Geographical coverage
    London, England
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1980
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P654/00080
  • 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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