Ryan Tubridy presents the popular talk show featuring high-profile guests, current social issues and the very best in all-round entertainment. Comedian Jason Byrne, Paddy Moloney from The Chieftians and The Vard Sisters are among the guests this week.
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He is the founding member of a group who are widely credited with bringing Irish traditional music to a worldwide audience. Formed nearly 50 years ago he and his fellow Chieftans have made over 40 albums, they have won 6 Grammy awards, as well as an Oscar and an Emmy.
She is a renowned social entrepreneur, an international speaker and an all round adventurer. She's been awarded an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland and was the first Irish person to be appointed a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. She is also the founding CEO of the O2 Ability Awards.
Born in Cleveland, but now resident in New York, he grew up listening to his parent's old record collection; artists like Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and James Taylor made a huge impression on his song writing. Soon after he started making music a rough recording of one of his songs was used in the hit TV show Scrubs, paving the way for his phenomenal success in the US. Now it looks like he's going to equal that success this side of the Atlantic.
From Dublin, his brand of high-energy comic lunacy has seen him become one of the fastest selling performers at the last 13 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He is in constant demand and has performed in venues from New York to Melbourne and from Paris to Singapore not to mention playing to packed houses throughout Ireland and the UK, from where he has recently been booted off a reality TV show with Marco Pierre White and Nancy Dell'Olio.
He is a retired Detective Garda. During his 33 years in the force he has worked on over 80 murder cases, some of which involved Ireland's most notorious and brutal gangsters. After he retired he even helped actor Jon Voight prepare for his role as a detective in the film The General, based on the life of Martin Cahill, one of the gangsters he vigorously pursued.
The Vard Sisters
In the mid 90's they were discovered by a record company scout while they were singing at a wedding. He signed them to a worldwide record contract which saw them become an over-night success. They toured the world, had a multi-platinum album and even performed for the likes of Bill Clinton. Then as quickly as it started, it all ended with internal disagreements and inevitably the split. A situation made even more difficult by the fact they are sisters. Now though they have resolved their differences and are performing together once again.