Viewers of The Late Late Show on RTE One have dug deep and donated over €6 million to Irish charitable causes since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Friday night's season finale, host Ryan Tubridy thanked viewers of the show for their extraordinary generosity in recent months, donating week after week to causes including The St Vincent De Paul, Pieta, The Julian Benson Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Irish Cancer Foundation,  Laura Lynn Children's Hospice and the Capuchin Day Centre.

President Michael D.Higgins, frontline workers, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Sinéad O'Connor and Robbie Keane were also among the guests on the season finale of the Late Late Show.

President Michael D. Higgins with Ryan Tubridy 

Back on September 6th 2019, the new season kicked off with an opening segment honouring Ireland's National Services, not knowing how apt the piece would come to be. 

On Friday night, Ryan caught up with some key workers from frontline services including nurses, doctors, nursing home staff, and paramedics who have played a vital role in the battle against Covid-19.

Among those lining up to voice the nation's thanks to Ireland's frontline workers will be Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins, in an interview which was pre-recorded at the gardens at Áras an Uachtaráin on Thursday evening.

Ryan Tubridy said: "As we reach the end of this extraordinary season, I want to thank the frontline workers who came on the show in September with such grace and dignity and were acknowledged by the Irish public for their work. 

"Fast forward a number of months and they did not let us down, they went on to serve the country in a way that we have never seen before. They have been amazing, as are their families who have had to sit by and watch the sacrifices being made on a daily basis. 

"I also want to thank the viewers of The Late Late Show, who stayed with us each week and supported charities, putting their hands in their pockets to help the neediest among us.

"I want to thank the team behind the scenes, the crews, everyone in RTÉ who showed up to keep the show on the road. Also, thanks to the many musicians for showing up and doing their bit and helping charities along the way.

"This season we lost Gay Byrne, such an iconic person in my life, professionally and personally.  We also had to say goodbye to Marian Finucane and Larry Gogan - all true legends of Irish broadcasting. It has been an emotional, difficult, poignant, and joyful season overall."