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16th Apr 2024

Conan O’Brien to make debut on long-running Irish show

Simon Kelly

Conan O'Brien Ros Na Run

He’ll fit right in.

It seems like everybody is talking about Conan O’Brien this week.

The legendary late night TV host made waves on the internet after his unhinged appearance on popular interview show Hot Ones.

Conan has now been scooped up to make his debut on the long-running Irish-language soap Ros Na Rún.

The 60-year-old will be appearing on the iconic TG4 show on Tuesday, April 30, which will also feature in O’Brien’s HBO travel series, Conan Must Go, this week.

Conan was reportedly “in his element” while filming for the show, which is now in its 28th season, as linguistics coach Kevin Hussey “coached and challenged him to learn his first lines as Gaeilge.”

Chatting about his experience on set, Conan said: “Getting to work with the cast and crew of Ros Na Rún was a delightful highlight of my trip to Ireland, and I apologise in advance for inadvertently butchering my mother tongue.”

Conan O’Brien to make debut on long-running Irish show

Conan will be playing a feisty delivery man who shares a “war of words” with “village rogue and publican”, Tadhg Ó Direáin.

Marion Ni Loingsigh, Ros na Rún series producer, said: “Who better to pair the famous US TV personality and comedian with than our very own leading legend Tadhg Ó Direáin, played by Macdara Ó Fátharta?

“It was fun to create and film, and audiences will see a perfect delivery of Gaeilge by HBO’s Conan O’Brien in what is an abrupt but entertaining exchange with Tadhg.”

Mairéad Campbell, Ros na Rún’s production manager, said that they were “beyond thrilled” to be hosting O’Brien.

“Two stalwarts of TV on either side of the Atlantic, deeply rooted in their respective Irish heritage and culture, and bringing our beautiful Irish language and Ros na Rún, TG4’s drama series, to a brand-new worldwide audience.

“We could not have had a better start to 2024.”

Conan was in Ireland earlier this year filming his travel series around the country, making a chaotic appearance on the Late Late Show which left Patrick Kielty in stitches.

The comedian also made an appearance in Galway, filming part of his show at Loughnane’s family butchers.

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