Monday 22 January 2018

Jody Corcoran: Tubridy flounders as 'Late Late' sinks

Byrne and Kenny gave young pretender Ryan a lesson in how they made the chatshow great, writes Jody Corcoran

For a moment it felt like the Late Late Show of old, the one we remember, that had become so essential. The host, Ryan Tubridy, a boy among men -- the men are Gay Byrne and Pat Kenny -- had left the comfort of his seat to move towards the audience.

To his left was Nell McCafferty, to his right Mary Kenny and Fr Brian D'Arcy; all around him were several of the people who had helped shape the country through the years, and many others who had not.

McCafferty was about to give the boy a lesson in the art of conversation, a gentle lesson, what you might call a maternal lesson, incongruous as that may seem for a woman who can ooze acid with a smile.

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