Ryan Tubridy has revealed that Gabriel, the Late Late Show's owl, developed some notions during the filming of the montage sequence for the first episode of the new season last Friday night, and that the outtakes video is "one of the funniest things I've ever seen".

The opening saw Gabriel traversing Irish landmarks such as Croke Park, The Olympia Theatre, The George and Whelan's.

Gabriel, last Friday

On his RTÉ Radio 1 show on Monday morning, Tubridy described the finished sequence as "gorgeous", but revealed that some feathers were ruffled during the filming.

"I'm laughing because I was sent an off-cut of when the owl didn't perform and it is one of the funniest things I've ever seen," he said.

"We might show it someday. It's actually that funny when the owl is kind of inappropriate or just non-compliant and they're going, 'Go on, just cross over there by the Whelan's sign' and the owl's going, 'Nah! Aw come on! How many times is it going to take?!' It was all beautiful in the end."

The host also paid tribute to all of his guests on Friday's show.

"What a joy it was to be back on Friday night, and thank you to all the people who made it possible," he said. 

"I think the Irish Women in Harmony were knockout. To RuthAnne [Cunningham] for pulling that together, pretty impressive. I met a whole heap of new, young, upcoming Irish artists on Friday night and I just thought, 'This is really buzzy'.

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"I got a sense that there's great creativity in the air, and the music makers are still with us and the dreamers are still floating around the place. I thought, 'Yeah, we're going to have a great old season. A really good season'. And that song [Dreams] went straight to Number One on the iTunes chart on Friday night. Still there, I think. 

"They made a lot of money for safeireland.ie, which is a charity we speak about on this programme quite a bit, and they help with people, as they say, in the area - the awful area - of domestic violence. And they are so good at what they do, and for that song, which was so beautifully put together and, I think, shot by our director, Alan Byrne... [He] did a gorgeous job on it, as he did on the opening credits with the owl, making his way around... Even Russell Crowe's crazy tarantula story just, you know, added to the bonkers nature of the whole thing." 

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"Dr Ronan Glynn - it was nice to say hello to him and kind of 'getting to know you' for the rest of the country," he added. "Dr Samar Ali was another extraordinarily dignified person talking about her amazing father.

"Between the paddle girls [Ellen Glynn and Sara Feeney] from Galway and the guys who rescued them [Patrick and Morgan Oliver] - everyone had something to say about the programme when I was walking out and about the place. So it's good. It's good to be back. Thanks to everyone for putting it together."

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