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15th Sep 2023

Patrick Kielty brought The Wolfe Tones into his opening Late Late Show joke

Patrick McCarry

Wolfe Tones

Derek Warfield and the lads must be loving the free publicity.

Patrick Kielty made his Late Late Show host debut on RTÉ, this evening [September 15th], and came out swinging in his opening monologue. He found time to get in a joke that folded in The Wolfe Tones and Liveline.

Ryan Tubridy, the RTÉ executives, Toy Show: The Musical, nobody was spared, nor, Kielty joked, were the expenses.

If anyone was doing a bingo card for opening remarks, though, surely Joe Duffy and The Wolfe Tones was a rare, winning combination?

Wolfe Tones

The Wolfe Tones revival continues

It has been quite the few months for The Wolfe Tones, a band which will celebrate 60 years together, in the coming months. The band have announced a second 60th anniversary concert at Dublin’s 3Arena.

The Irish rebel band – who have been in the news a lot lately thanks to the lyrics of one of their biggest hits – were initially set to play the venue in Dublin’s city centre on just Saturday, 12 October 2024 but are now playing an additional date after tickets for the first sold out in a flash.

As if that was not enough, off the back of much talked about shows in Belfast and at Electric Picnic, Patrick Kielty gave the band another free splash of publicity. Referring to nerves at fronting the popular talk show, the Co. Down native’s first Late Late Show joke went like this:

“What a lovely welcome. I was standing out the back there like Joe Duffy, about to be introduced at a Wolfe Tones gig!”

After that opening monologue from Patrick Kielty, he introduced his first guests – Hector Ó hEochagáin, Tommy Tiernan and Laurita Blewitt.

Tiernan joked that he felt like he was in America, on the new-look show set, before Kielty replied, “It’s like America, without the money!”

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