The line-up for the first Late Late Show of the new season has been revealed with Sinéad O'Connor and Love Island's Maura Higgins, Greg O'Shea and Amber Gill joining Ryan Tubridy on Friday night for what the host has called "the best of Irish with a little twist of international".

Love Island's Maura Higgins

The Late Late team says the show will open with "a very special tribute to the members of the Frontline Emergency Security Services who serve the citizens of Ireland on a daily basis".

Sinéad O'Connor will be performing two songs on the show, including a cover of The Pogues' classic A Rainy Night in Soho

Sinéad O'Connor (Photo: EPA)

The Love Island stars will be discussing their time in the villa and their plans for the future.

Writer and comedian Aisling Bea will be in studio to talk about her acclaimed Channel 4 show This Way Up and more. 

Along with performing his summer hit Someone You Loved, Lewis Capaldi will be speaking about his summer tiff with Noel Gallagher. 

Following the first episode of his new RTÉ One series The Keith Barry Experience on Wednesday night, the man himself will be indulging in magic and mischief with the Late Late audience - tune in from 9:35pm on RTÉ One on Friday.

Keith Barry

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment at the recent launch of RTÉ's new autumn schedule, Ryan Tubridy reflected on returning to The Late Late Show for his 11th season as host.

He said it is humbling and "nice" to be the second longest-running presenter of the show and joked how it is a record that probably only matters to him and "possibly my mother".

The 46-year-old presenter, who succeeded Pat Kenny as host of the long-running TV chat programme in 2009, will officially break the record with the first Late Late Show of the new season on Friday night. Legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne remains the longest-serving presenter with almost 37 years of The Late Late Show duties under his belt.

"I think if I get to midnight on the first show back that makes me the second longest-running presenter of The Late Late Show, which is a record that matters to probably no one else but me, and possibly my mother," said Tubridy.

"But it is nice to be honest with you...I'm loving it."

"I'm loving it"

When asked what changes are in store for the eagerly-awaited upcoming series, Tubridy said there will definitely be tweaks to the show, while teasing a revamped chair.

"We're kind of tweaking and we're looking at the show and little elements of it to spruce it up a little bit. I think it could do with that little touch of love," he said.

"The only difference you are going to see on the set if there is anything major is, which to me is major, is the chair.

"Keep an eye out for the chair on the first show back because we've been putting an awful lot of effort into that."

"There will be tweaks about the place but I think the set suits me. It has that loft feel to it. It's fun, it's warm, so I'm going to stick with that," he added.

Click here for the full rundown on what's to come on RTÉ's autumn schedule.