Sunday 15 September 2019

Ryan Tubridy names Barry Keoghan and Hillary Clinton as two of his favourite Late Late Show guests in 10 years

Barry Keoghan on The Late Late Show, RTE One
Barry Keoghan on The Late Late Show, RTE One
American Animals star Barry Keoghan, with his girlfriend Shona Guerin
Hillary Clinton and Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy travelled to New York to interview Hillary Clinton for this week's The Late Late Show.
Joanne O'Riordan speaking to the UN in 2012
Colin Farrell presented fellow Dubliner Barry Keoghan with a prize at the Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

With almost 10 years under his belt as the host of Ireland's best-known chat show, Ryan Tubridy has name-checked Dublin actor and Hollywood star Barry Keoghan as one of his favourite ever guests.

The 26-year-old from Summerhill appeared on the Late Late Show couch earlier this year and told how he hoped that his success on the big screen could inspire other youngsters to follow their dreams.

He lost his mother at a young age, being placed into 13 foster homes.

"The drugs hit the area," Dunkirk star Barry said.

"It affected all the families. She was one of them that got caught.

"We went into foster care. The families were good to us that we went to."

Barry and his brother were then raised by his aunt and grandmother.

The interview has clearly stayed in Ryan's mind as, speaking to Herald, he included his chat with Barry among his highlights over the past 10 years.

Asked what his stand-out moments were, he said the Toy Show was an "unquestionable" contender.

He added that interviewing former first lady and failed candidate for the US presidency Hillary Clinton was another big moment for him.

"That would be one of my favourites," he said.

Ryan (45) said it was something he and former host Gay Byrne were frequently asked, but it was a tough one to answer because every week the show was so varied.

"It's a strange thing. When I met up with Gay Byrne for coffee or a beer or whatever, I never asked him, but people would come to us and ask me or him, 'Who was your favourite guest?' or 'Who did you find entertaining?'," he said.

"You have to take it apart because there are so many in every week."

Joanne O'Riordan
Joanne O'Riordan

Tubs said that he planned on penning his memoirs one day, but was not intending to write a book on his experience on the RTE One show.

"Some day I will write it down," he said.

"I'm not going to write a book, by the way, but I am just saying that some day I am going to have to write an essay or an article that says who I really liked down through the years, or who I rated."

He classed inspirational speaker and sports journalist Joanne O'Riordan, who has tetra-amelia syndrome, as a "firecracker".

"Some days I will say Joanne O'Riordan, who was just such a knock-out, a firecracker; some days I'd say Hillary Clinton, but it's never the obvious ones," Ryan said.

"Michael Fassbender comes to mind, Russell Crowe was kind of fun and edgy, Barry Keoghan more lately.

"You just never know - it could be a human-interest story or ones who are kind, or who like good fun."

Next year marks Ryan's 11th year as the host, and he enters the new year with the latest Late Late Toy Show as the most-watched TV show of 2018.

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