President Michael D Higgins and football legends such as Paul McGrath, Niall Quinn and David O'Leary will be among the guests as tonight's Late Late Show celebrates the centenary of the Football Association of Ireland.

President Higgins will be live in-studio to speak with Ryan about his passion project, his Machnamh 100 series of seminars on the War of Independence and Civil War, his decade as president of Ireland and his love of football.

President Michael D Higgins and Shamrock Rovers' captain Ronan Finn

This week's Late Late Show marks one hundred years of the FAI (formed in 1921) with some of the greatest players to have worn the Ireland jersey since the split in Irish football.

The likes of Paul McGrath, Niall Quinn, David O'Leary, Packie Bonner and Shay Given will share their memories of the glory days of the international team.

Paul McGrath with the FAI centenary jersey

The organisation of football in Ireland even pre-dates the GAA, as the Irish Football Association (IFA) was formed four years earlier in 1880.

Following a dispute over the venue for the 1921 Cup Final replay, the game in the then Irish Free State broke away from the IFA and set up its own association.

Also joining the show will be current internationals Gavin Bazunu, Dara O'Shea, Jessie Stapleton and Chloe Mustaki and managers Vera Pauw and Stephen Kenny.

John Charlton will also be joining us to pay tribute to his father, the late, great former Ireland manager Jack Charlton.

Plus, there will be music from singer-songwriter David Gray, who will perform This Year's Love, and Dan McCabe will sing Fields of Athenry.

The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, 9.35 pm

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