Ryan Tubridy has revealed that Dublin band Stolen City have been invited to join him on the Late Late Show next season after the group's singer Dave McCabe inspired listeners to the host's RTÉ Radio 1 show with his story of staying positive after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Dave, who works as a special needs assistant, spoke on Monday's Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 about being diagnosed with leukaemia on March 6 this year.

Dave McCabe

The 24-year-old said that he felt 2020 was going to be Stolen City's year, and that he was staying positive despite his illness and the challenges facing the music industry in the wake of the Covid-19 emergency.

Listeners contacted the show en masse to sing Dave's praises, and to share the lift he had given them in their lives through his story and music.

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On Tuesday's Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 it was announced that the Late Late Show music booker, Dermot McEvoy, had listened to Dave's music and wanted to invite him and Stolen City to perform on the Late Late Show when it returns for the new season on RTÉ One this Autumn. 

The presenter described Dave as "a beacon of light and positivity".

"Yes, we will be inviting you and the band onto the Late Late Show in the Autumn to spread some sunshine in September for the viewers when we're back in action. So that is job.. Deal done!" 

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