Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh Recalls His Audition On The Late Late Show


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Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh tells Pat Kenny about his audition to become a commentator for Gaelic games.

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    Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh Recalls His Audition
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    Pat Kenny (Presenter)
    Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh
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    The Late Late Show
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    Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh Recalls His Audition On The Late Late Show
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    As a student at the teacher training college in Drumcondra, Dublin he headed up to Croke Park for his test, which was on a hurling match, a game he had never even seen.

    Trials were being held to find a commentator for the occasional match "as gaeilge".

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    This episode of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast on 8 October 2004.

    '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.

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    Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Pat Kenny, GAA, Gaelic, Gaeilge, Croke Park, Sports Commentator, The Late Late Show
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    English (eng)
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    English (eng)