The Saturday Night Show


The Saturday Night Show
Brendan O'Connor

Programme 13: Saturday 27 December, 10.00pm

Brendan O'Connor speaks to Eilish O'Carroll about her role in hit sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys, and Peter O'Meara talks about the upcoming drama Charlie. Former athlete Derval O'Rourke talks about her life since athletics and pyschotherapist Michael Murphy discusses how to cope with Christmas. Plus, Cork musician John Spillane provides the music, performing his single The English Market.

From Food for the Fast Lane: Recipes to Power your Body and Mind by Derval O'Rourke (Gill & Macmillan. In shops now, priced at €19.99)

Whenever I've a heavy training schedule coming up, I need to think carefully about my diet. If I know I will be spending three hours in the gym every day, I also know I won't be in the mood to cook a new dinner every night. Planning is essential and this curry is a basic recipe I know I can rely on. I often make a big batch of the curry sauce and freeze it in portions. Then all I need to do is heat through the sauce, stir in some cooked chicken or turkey – and dinner is sorted.


  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 4–5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • a thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 10 dried apricots, halved
  • 3 apples, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 700ml chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 chicken or turkey breasts, cooked and shredded, to serve
  • brown or basmati rice, to serve

Heat the coconut oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 10 minutes, until softened.

Add the garlic, ginger and spices and fry for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the apricots, apples, peppers, tomato purée and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for at least 40 minutes (up to 60 minutes, if you have time).

If you want to pre-cook this curry, now is the time to take it off the heat. Let it cool fully, divide it into portions in airtight containers and store it in the freezer.

Use a hand blender to purée the curry sauce to the desired consistency, then check the seasoning.

Stir in the cooked chicken or turkey. When the curry is piping hot, ladle it into warmed serving bowls.

Serve with brown or basmati rice.

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Sile Seoige Charity Christmas Single

Programme 12: Saturday 29 November, 9.45pm

Coming up on the show this week, Sile Seoige's will be in to sing her charity Christmas single "Maybe this Christmas" and she will be joined for an amazing, unmissable performance from a huge selection of Irish celebrities from Brian Kennedy to Shane Byrne. Shane Ross will be in to discuss his plans for his future in politics and what he thinks needs to be changed in Ireland. Model and celebrity, Daisy Lowe, will be in to talk about body image in the world of fashion and she will also be doing a cooking demonstration. Caroline Morahan will be telling us about life in LA after she left home to pursue her love of acting in the States and about her new play in the Abbey Theatre "She Stoops to Conquer".

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Ben Portsmouth

Programme 11: Saturday 22 November, 9.40pm

Coming up on the show this week, we have the official 'best Elvis in the World', Ben Portsmouth, who will be performing two fantastic Elvis tracks and chatting to Brendan. Author Colm Keane will be in to give a fascinating insight in to his experience of life after death. The star of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, designer Thelma Madine, will be in to talk about the outstanding dresses that she has made for her clients and her new store that will be opened in Athlone- we will also be treated to a fashion show of some of her new designs. Mairia Cahill has been making the headlines for the past five weeks. Mairia Cahill has been making the headlines for the past five weeks, we meet the woman behind the headlines who says she's been living in fear since she went public with her story.

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Micheál Martin

Programme 10: Saturday 15 November, 9.55pm

Coming up on the show this week, Fianna Fáil TD Micheál Martin will be in to talk about the future of his party. The McGinn sisters, who are fast becoming the next big thing in the world of online fashion, will be in to tell us why they all gave up their jobs to start their website OPSH. Former Welsh rugby captain, Gareth Thomas will be in to talk about the secret he harboured for years that nearly killed him. Lord Henry Mountcharles will be in talk about the tough year he has been through and how Slane is back as a music venue with the Foo Fighters having just been confirmed. Fantastic Irish band Buffalo Sunn will be in to perform their song "Ocean" from their new album "By the Ocean, By the Sea".

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Mark Little

Programme 9: Saturday 8 November, 9.45pm

Coming up on the show this week, tech entrepreneur Mark Little will be in to tell us about his life- changing decision to leave his job and start up the hugely successful 'Storyful'. Teen icon and the face of a generation, Molly Ringwald will be in to talk about starring in such iconic movies as 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Pretty in Pink'. Derek Landy, author of the multi- million selling, award winning books 'Skullduggery' will be talking about his road to success and what's next for him. Architect and star of the brilliant 'Room to Improve', Dermot Bannon will be in to talk about the property market in Ireland and about his new book 'Love your Home'. Rapper Tommy KD, who stole the show on Love/Hate a few weeks ago, will be in to chat with Brendan and perform his song "Bag of Gear".

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Johnny Ward

Programme 8: Saturday 1 November, 9.50pm

Coming up on the show this week, Johnny Ward, AKA Pauley from Love/ Hate will be in to talk about his time in one of the best series on TV and about his next big role in panto. Music legend Bonnie Tyler will be in to perform her iconic tune "Holding Out for a Hero" and to have a chat with Brendan. Elber Twomey will be in talking to Brendan as well. And Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice will be in talking about life in Leinster House and about what he wants to do for rural Ireland.

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Jared Harris

Programme 7: Saturday 25th October, 10.05pm

Coming up on the show this week Donal Óg Cusack and Simon Coveney will be in talk about the new initiative that they're both supporting and have bonded over despite being from very different backgrounds. Richard Harris's actor son Jared Harris, who is well known from his roles in Mad Men, Benjamin Button and Sherlock Holmes, will be in to talk about marking the twelfth anniversary of his father's death at the Richard Harris International Film Festival and what it was like growing up in the Harris household. Former Fair City star Hilda Fay who played Tracey on the soap for years will be in to talk about life since leaving Carrigstown. Panti Bliss AKA Rory O Neill will be back on the show to tell us about how his life has changed since the last time he was on the show and he'll also be talking about his new memoir book "Woman in the Making". The Lost Brothers will be in to perform their new single, "Derridae" from their recently released album "New Songs of Dawn and Dusk"

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Programme 6: Saturday 18th October, 9.55pm

Coming up on the show this week, Jedward are back and they'll be performing their new song "Ferocious". Peter O Riordan will be in to tell us about being part of TV3's Exposé and leaving Hollywood to bring his family back home to Ireland. Brent Pope will be in talk about his new documentary about outsider art and his new children's book. Jim McGuinness will be in for his first interview since stepping down as manager of the Donegal team and he'll be talking about life at Celtic FC. Music on the night will be performed by Irish band Fox Jaw who will be singing their great song "Falling Debris".

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Angela Scanlon: Full Frontal

Programme 5: Saturday 16th October, 9.30pm

Angela Scanlon presents this new and provocative four-part series for RTÉ2, the first episode of which takes an intimate look at some of the ways in which Irish people like to get naked.

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Love/Hate - Elmo

Programme: 4 October

Coming up on the show this week, Love/Hate's Laurence Kinlan, AKA Elmo, will be in to talk about the new season of Love/ Hate and about his life growing up Dublin. Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald and Today Fm's Mairead Farrell will be in ahead of the new season of Ireland's Fittest Families. Happy Pear Twins, David and Stephen Flynn will be in to talk about eating healthy and they'll be doing a cooking demonstration as well. There will also be unmissable performances by champion beat boxer Mic Bandit and former bass guitarist from The Pogues, Cait O' Riordan.

The Saturday Night Show

Programme: 27 September

Coming up on the show this week we have some of the stars of the new RTE 2 reality show, "Connected" in to tell us why those chose to document all the intimate details of their lives over ten months. Ireland AM's Mark Cagney will be in to talk about his nearly forty years in broadcasting and Ireland AM's 15th anniversary. Young Irish director, Gary Shore, will be in to tell us about his multi- million dollar Hollywood blockbuster "Dracula Untold" that is being released next week and how he ended up being the one to watch in Hollywood right now. We'll also be doing a live link with Marty Morrissey who will be with the winner's of tomorrow's All Ireland Hurling replays. Music on the night will be performed by Sligo group Old Hannah.

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Kelly McDonagh Mongan

Programme: 11 January

Coming up on the show this week, fabulous drag queen Panti will be entertaining us with a performance and the man behind Panti, Rory O Neil, will be chatting about his life so far. The man from the heart- wrenching HSE ads, Gerry Collins, will be in to talk to discuss his terminal cancer caused by smoking and how he wishes he had quit sooner. Star of The Voice two years ago, Kelly McDonagh Mongan will be performing the song "Perfect" and she will be in to talking about about life since she was on The Voice and what she hopes for in the future. The leaders of Operation Transformation will also be in to talk about why they decided to take the big step of losing weight and getting healthy this year.

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Jessie Pavelka

Programme: 18 January

Coming up on the show this week, heartthrob Jessie Pavelka will be in to discuss obesity and how he helps people on his shows "Fat: The Fight of my Life" and Obese: A Year to Save my Life". Irish chef Clare Smyth will be in to tell us what it's like to work with Gordon Ramsey and being one of the few female chefs to have three Michelin stars. Chris Gardner, the man who Will Smyth portrayed in Pursuit of Happyness, will be in to talk about his extraordinary life and what are the secrets to success. Illusionist, magician and escapologist "Rua" will be having some fun with the studio audience and chatting to Brendan about how he got in to magic. And Paul Joyce will be in to tell us why he wants a one way ticket to Mars.

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David Wallace

Programme: 25 January

Coming up on the show this week, the Wallace brothers will be talking about playing rugby for Munster, their rivalry and retirement. Hypnotherapist Katie- Jane Goldin will be in to talk about being named Image Young Businesswoman of the year and how she learned everything from her father, the legendary Paul Goldin. Two survivalists will be in telling us how to prepare for a disaster and what measures they are taking to hone their skills for such an event. We will also have some Irish designers in with their various designs who are about to hit the big time. We also have musical performances from country star Derek Ryan and Irish- American super group The Gloaming.

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Pussy Riot

Programme: 1 February

Coming up on The Saturday Night Show this week, Pussy Riot's Nadja and Masha will be in to tell us about their two years in a Russian prison and Constantin Gurgiev will be in with them. We'll be talking about homophobia, internet hate campaigns and freedom of speech. Marty Whelan will be talking about his new head of hair and the confidence it's brought him. Strictly Come Dancing's Vincent and Flavia are going to give us a special tango and there will be a great performance from Cavan singer songwriter Lisa O'Neill.

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Charlie Bird

Programme: 8 February

Coming up on the show this week Charlie bird will be in to tell us about what he is missing now that he's not working on the news and about his plans to live with Eskimos. Chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White will be in to talk about foodie fashions. GAA legend Mick O' Dwyer will in to talk about his retirement and if there's any chance he might come back one more time. Fantastic Opera singer Celine Byrne will be in to sing "O Mio Babino Caro" and she will be talking about how she made her dreams come true.

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John Hurt

Programme: 15 February

Coming up on the show this week, the legendary John Hurt will be in to talk about his new film "Only Lovers Left Alive" and about his connections with Ireland. Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavan will be telling us how they lost nearly everything but now they're back in business. Eurovision's Joseph McCaul will be discussing coming to terms with his recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis, he will also be performing a song for us. Aimee Richardson will be talking about starring in the world's first cartoon featuring a lead character with an intellectual disability. Other music on the night will be performed by Damien Dempsey who will be singing "Sing All Our Cares Away" from his recently released greatest hits album. There will also be an amazing viewer's giveaway prize of €10, 000

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David McSavage

Programme: 29 February

This week on The Saturday Night Show comedian David McSavage tells us about his new series of Savage Eye, his desire to get out of Ireland and his big screen debut.

Monica Loughman talks about big ballerinas and life after Russian dance.

The impossible to embarrass Dr Christian Jessen discusses his own body issues, his theories on obesity and television's obsession with health and wellness.

American singer songwriter John Grant will perform with some very special backing singers. John will also talk to Brendan about music, life and his hell-raising past.

Also joining Brendan will be the mother of Irish politics, Mary O'Rourke to talk retirement, legacies and the current crop of politicians.

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Donncha O'Callaghan

Programme: 8 March

This week on The Saturday Night Show, the most capped player in Munster rugby history, Donncha O'Callaghan discusses life on and off the field and tells us about his commitment to Unicef's campaign to eradicate Polio by 2018.

Football loving funny man, David Baddiel tells us tales from inside, and outside the bubble of fame.

Motivational speaker and former Columban missionary Declan Coyle discusses his philosophy of life and how his son inspires him every day.

There's music from The Young Ones and ahead of Acquired Brain Injury Awareness week, Sheila Fitzgerald and her fourteen year old son Ronan reveal the impact of acquired brain injury on their lives.


Brain Awareness Week runs from march 10th to march 15th. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland will run their annual bake for brain injury fundraisers throughout the country to help improve their national rehabilitation service.

Details about Fyffes supporting Unicef Polio Campaign featuring Unicef ambassador Donncha O'Callaghan on

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Liz McDonald

Programme: 15 March

Coming up on the show this week, Beverly Callard, also known as Liz McDonald, landlady of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street will be in to tell us about life on the Street and how she got through depression. The Franciscan Friar with the voice and face of an angel, Friar Alessandro, will be in to perform and tell us about what led him to a life of religious service. The amazing Antrim Rose, Jean Daly, will be talking about how her life changed in an instant ten years ago and how she has dealt with everything since then. We'll also have a very special performance by the godfather of Irish music, Donal Lunny who will also be chatting with Brendan.

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Jennifer Maguire

Programme: 22 March

Coming up on The Saturday Night Show this week, coming straight from Mountjoy Prison, Margaretta D'Arcy speaks exclusively to Brendan about her campaigning life and her time behind bars. Two of the funniest women on Irish TV, Katherine Lynch and Jennifer Maguire tell us about their brand new sitcom "The Centre", which starts on RTÉ Two on Monday 24th March. The latest Dragon to enter the Den, Eamonn Quinn, talks entrepreneurs and life after Superquinn. Cycle Against Suicide's Jim Breen discusses his own struggles and why it's Ok not to be OK.

The Webb Sisters, famous for their work with Leonard Cohen, will be performing "Always on my Mind"

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Nuala Carey

Programme: 30 March

Coming up on the show this week, The Saturday Night Show, the #NoMakeUpSelfies craze goes to the next level when Daniella Moyles, Nuala Carey, Amanda Brunker and Norah Casey will appear on the programme without make-up, all to help the Irish Cancer Society.

Nell McCafferty will be talking to Brendan about regrets, feminism and lessons she's learned as she turns 70.

After his candid video last week Eoghan McDermott on why he self-harmed and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Davy Russell will be talking about his recent success and the journey that got him there.

Benny Lewis who learned ten languages in the past ten years will be in to tell us how. Up and coming Morrissey and Marshall will be providing the music with their song "Pack Up Lady"

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Sarah Harding

Programme: 12 April

This week on The Saturday Night Show, Ireland and Ulster player Andrew Trimble will be discussing his great Six-Nations comeback. RTÉ's George Lee will talking about being back in the newsroom and giving his take on our economic recovery and talk of a property bubble. The always fun Sarah Harding tells us about moving on from the Girls Aloud and helping Bressie out on The Voice of Ireland. Dr Ciara Kelly from Operation Transformation will be discussing how GPs are on their knees after years of cuts.

And there will be music from the exceptional Julie Feeney.

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Oisín McConville

Programme: 19 April

Coming up on the show this week Shay Healy will be in to talk to Brendan about why life is for living and he will also perform his heartbreaking song "When You Become Stardust Too". Legendary Armagh Footballer, Oisín McConville will be discussing the gambling addiction that almost destroyed his life, how he came out the other side to become an Addiction Counsellor and why gambling is something sports organisations need to talk about- he was involved in the drafting of the recently-published GAA/GPA Guidelines on Gambling: A Guide For Our County Players & Our Games. The Guidelines are available on and Two experts on dating will be telling us how to meet someone and get them to go out with you. American comedian Jim Gaffigan will be giving his unique perspective on food and family and 17 year old Danny Battles will be performing his song "Heart Attack".


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Kevin Kilbane

Programme: 26 April

Coming up on the show this week, football legend, Kevin Kilbane, will be talking about his opinion on the David Moyles controversy and his own difficult times. Jeffrey Archer will be in to talk about his new book and how he's living life at full throttle at the age of 74. Stylist Cathy O' Connor, will be telling us how she found love in her 40's. An Irish couple, Janet and Eugene Bennis, will be telling us why they're packing up their lives in Ireland and following their four emigrated children over to Australia and we will also have music from the Niall McCabe Band.

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Idris Elba's

Programme: 3 May

Coming up on the show this week, Hollywood superstar Idris Elba will be in to talk about making it big, playing Mandela and why, despite hitting the big time, he still likes to DJ in Buck Whaley's!

Solicitor and socialite Gerald Kean will be in to talk about his near death experience, setting a wedding date and his take on recent public scandals.

The parents of Donal Walsh, Fionnbar and Elma, will be discussing Fionnbar's new book about the private face of his very public son.

The finalists and winner of tonight's sold out student fashion competition Junk Kouture will be in to show off their creations.

Plus, fresh from appearances on Ellen DeGeneres and David Letterman's TV shows we have a performance from the amazing Lake Street Dive.

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Davy Fitz

Programme: 17 May

Coming up on the show this week, Clare hurling manager, the inimitable Davy Fitz will be in to talk about beating bullies and winning the All- Ireland last year. Neven Maguire will be in to talk about our foodie island and we'll also be meeting some of the best food producers in Ireland. Anna Nolan will be in to talk about bake- offs and getting used to being single. We also have 11 year old Joe Prendergast in, winner of a People of the Year award last year, who has just published his third book. The fantastic Maria Doyle Kennedy will be performing "Sing to the Sea" alongside Kieran Kennedy and Donal Lunny.

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Sinead O'Connor

Programme: 24 May

Coming up on The Saturday Night Show, we turn to the topic of the week to discuss sexism. Brendan will be joined by singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor, Legal affairs editor of the Irish Independent Dearbhail McDonald and by Dr Leah Totton, winner of the UK Apprentice 2013 and owner of a non-surgical cosmetic clinic.

Taking stock of the country's mental health Professor Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St Patrick's Mental Health Service, will talk about how we can live a life of joy.UK comedian and author Francesca Martinez on learning to accept her cerebral palsy.

We feature Ireland's Hip-Hop Crew Champions "Nasty by Nature", who will perform at the 'Malaika' stage at the flagship Africa Day festival in Farmleigh this Sunday 25th May. The crew are also off to Las Vegas this August to represent Ireland in 'The World Hip Hop Championships 2014'.

Plus taking time out from their current tour, there is great music from Red Empire.


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Carrie Fisher

Programme: 31 May

Coming up on the show this week the hilarious Carrie Fisher will take to the couch to talk about growing up as Hollywood royalty, and why she's returning to the role that defined her in Star Wars.

Brendan will also be joined by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to talk about why she wants to be leader of The Labour Party.

We take a look back over the political week that was with comedian and impressionist Oliver Callan, as he gives Brendan his unique take on the election's winners and losers.

Style aficionado Darren Kennedy will be on hand to talk everything fashion and reveal his makeover of rugby pundit George Hook, athlete Marion Heffernan and broadcaster Brenda Donohue

Plus there will be music from Chanele McGuinness, overall winner of the music competition which we've been running in conjunction with The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio One in search of up-and-coming Irish music. She will make her TV debut on Saturday night with her brilliant song "Numb".

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