Over 90,000 Apply for Late Late Toy Show Tickets in FIVE days

– Over 5,000 acts applied for the chance to perform on the show 

– Performer auditions will begin in Cork and Dublin next week for selected hopefuls

– The Ryan Tubridy Show On Rté Radio 1 to broadcast from Cork Auditions on Monday

They are the hottest tickets since Willy Wonka had a brainwave about hiding golden wrappers in chocolate bars, and demand for audience seats for The Late Late Toy Show 2019 are set to surpass previous years, already hitting over 90,000 applications.

The application process opened last Friday ahead of the biggest television show of the year, which will air on RTÉ One on Friday November 29.

Of the phenomenal demand for audience tickets this year, host Ryan Tubridy said: “We are gobsmacked by the response this year, it just gets bigger and bigger, everyone seems to want to be there. I think it’s also in response to how warm and kind and inclusive the show is…people want a piece of that pie and I don’t blame them, it’s the most wonderful cauldron to be in and the most wonderful time of the year.

“If I wasn’t doing what I do, I would also be among the applicants for tickets because it’s the best show in town.”

The Late Late Show has been enjoying a clear run of ratings successes since it returned for a new season in September. Last Friday’s episode of the show, which saw Ryan interview guests including the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys, Jamie Heaslip and John Bercow, had a reach of 996,000 viewers, with an average share of 47% of TV viewers tuning in.

The theme of The Late Late Toy Show this year is under lock and key in RTÉ, and will be revealed by Ryan in the days leading up to broadcast. Over 5,000 acts from all across Ireland have applied for the chance to appear on the show. On Monday next, October 21, a selection of those acts, whittled down by the Toy Show team, will travel to Cork to audition. Further auditions for selected hopefuls will be also held in Dublin next week.

The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will be broadcast live from Cork city next Monday morning.

“Thanks to the wonderful technology applying online has never been easier, and also coming to see us has never been easier as we hit the road,” Ryan said.

“We have auditions in Cork next Monday, which we are extremely excited about because that allows us to meet the children who are hungry to be part of the show. Some will come and make it, and some won’t…but it’s all just fun. The train leaves the station essentially this week, with all the audience applicants and all the auditions. There’s a fierce bang of tinsel in the air and we are getting ready to do this!”

Over the 4 weeks since Ryan’s first callout on September 6th, The Late Late Toy Show team have made their way through thousands of applications. During the upcoming auditions in Cork and Dublin, the team will see over 100 acts, who have been whittled down from this year’s exceptionally high standard.

  • Keep your eye on RTÉ’s social media channels, where opportunities to win tickets for The Late Late Toy Show will present themselves in the coming weeks.
  • The Late Late Showcan now be followed on Instagram on @LateLateRTE
  • Applications for audience tickets for The Late Late Toy Show can be found at www.rte.ie/latelate.

157 Young People Chosen for RTÉ’s Youth Assembly on Climate in Dáil Eireann

The 157 delegates, who will participate in the RTÉ Youth Assembly on Climate in Dáil Eireann on 15 of November, have been announced. Young people from across the Republic of Ireland applied online to take one of 157 seats in Dáil Eireann for the specially convened Youth Assembly. 

For full list of names and biogs please click here.

The delegates aged between 10 and 17 years of age, had their first information day in Dublin yesterday, with other gatherings taking place in Sligo, Cork and Galway in the coming days. The Youth Assembly, which will be at the heart of RTÉ on Climate week, will see the delegates focus and debate on the following themes; environment, economics, food and farming, power and education.

Pauline MacNamara Executive Producer, RTÉ on Climate – Youth Assembly said, “From almost 1,000 excellent applications the judges have drawn together an outstanding group of young people to convene the Youth Assembly on Climate. The 157 delegates announced today have shown remarkable commitment to climate action and creativity in their approach to finding solutions. We hope the public – and especially their schoolmates – will get behind them.

RTÉ in association with the Houses of the Oireachtas, will host the Youth Assembly in recognition of the leadership of young people in highlighting climate issues and in the context of the centenary of the first Dáil.   

The day will see the 157 young people from 10 to 17 years of age from across Ireland with strong views on how Ireland needs to address the climate crisis. This number reflects the current number of TDs in Dáil Éireann and proceedings on the day will be chaired by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl. The delegates gathered from across Ireland will convene in Leinster House on Friday 15 November to establish their urgent next steps for Ireland and present them to the nation live from the Dáil Chamber on RTÉ News Now and Oireachtas TV.

The Youth Assembly is a key part of RTÉ on Climate whichwill put a focus on the climate crisis across TV, radio and online and explore what this means for Ireland and potential solutions. 


Over 600,000 Irish Viewers Tune In To Bid Emotional Farewell To Brendan Grace

Irish audiences tuned in in their droves last night to bid a fond farewell to legendary funnyman Brendan Grace in an emotional final episode of Brendan Grace Thanks for the Memories on RTÉ One.  The programme was watched by an average of 421,600* viewers and had a reach of 684,300*** and a share of 35%**.   

In February of this year Brendan Grace set out on a challenge. He decided to return to the Olympia for one night only – with a variety show with a difference. He devised a stage show with the Forget-Me-Nots choir and a number of his showbiz friends and planned to document the journey to opening night. However the story took a sad turn when tragedy stuck and Brendan became ill and suddenly the series went from a documentary about a man fighting to put on a show, to the story of a man fighting for his life.

Sadly Brendan lost his cancer battle but the story didn’t end there. He continued to film right up until his final breath and was determined that the show would go on.  And it did! The final episode in the three part series saw Brendan’s family rally together after his death to ensure that the biggest show in town went ahead.  The episode saw his family, showbiz friends and the Forget-Me-Nots choir all come together to organise a tribute concert to say goodbye to one of the greatest Irish entertainers of all time.

The series has been streamed over 43,000 times on RTÉ Player.

Viewers can look forward to seeing the full tribute concert when it airs on RTÉ One over the Christmas period. 

Ratings Source: TAM Ireland Ltd / Nielsen TAM 

*Average audience (Live+VOSDAL – Live + Viewed on Same Day As Live) –The average number of viewers across a programme or series, expressed in 000s. TV viewing is measured minute-by-minute, so the average audience is the average across all of these minutes. 

**Share – Percentage of the total audience watching television at the time.

***Reach, Live + VOSDAL – Reach is the number of people who tuned in for at least a minute of the show. 


Operation Transformation is back, and we are looking for YOU

The search is now on for new leaders to take up the mantle and inspire the nation in 2020 

Last call for 2020 with more applications already received than ever before

Operation Transformation is taking a 20/20 vision to health in the New Year. Presenter Kathryn Thomas is back to spearhead the latest campaign to get the nation moving. Once again, we are encouraging the Irish public to get up, get active and get healthy. Over the course of the 8-week show, we’ll be giving the nation the tools they need to get moving, lose weight and feel great.

Kathryn Thomas is thrilled to be back. She says,

“I can’t wait for the next season of OT! The leaders are what make the show every year. For me, an OT leader is somebody who is really ready and committed to changing their lives. Someone who is sick of feeling stuck and knows that 2020 is the year to change everything! To take back control and to help countless people as they help themselves.”

From 27 September, the public has had another chance to become a part of the big Operation Transformation journey, as a nationwide search got underway to find the next five brave new leaders to inspire the country to health and wellness in 2020. The closing date for applications is Sunday 20 October. 

So, if you think the time is right for you to turn your life around. If you want this to be YOUR year to get fit and healthy, then now is the time to apply.

Application Link – https://submit.link/dVNOH

Email – ot@vipmg.tv

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/OpTranRTE/


RTÉ to broadcast Wexford Festival Opera’s sold-out production of Dorilla in Tempe

Saturday, 2 November 8pm, on  www.rte.ie/culture and RTÉ Player, and in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin, Pálás, Galway & Century Cinema, Letterkenny

After the success of the first live-stream of a Wexford Festival Opera last year, RTÉ and Wexford Festival Opera invites the world to a ‘Night at the Opera’ as the two organisations join forces once again to bring the magic of Wexford to new audiences across Ireland, and the world.

In an exciting new development this year, Wexford Festival Opera and RTÉ have partnered with Classical Arts Ireland (promoters of classical music, theatre and ballet in Ireland) to broadcast Wexford’s stunning production of the Baroque opera, Dorilla in Tempe by Antonio Vivaldi in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin, Pálás Cinema, Galway and Century Cinema, Letterkenny on Saturday, 2 November at 8pm. This marks the first time that an Irish-produced opera will be broadcast live in cinemas – and a welcome Irish addition to the much-loved screenings of live international opera and theatre currently on offer in Irish cinemas.

And audiences across the country and the globe who can’t make it to either the festival or the cinema screenings will be able to tune in, from the comfort of their own homes, to the worldwide live-stream of this sold-out production – in full HD vision and RTÉ lyric fm broadcast sound – on www.rte.ie/culture and on the RTÉ Player from 8pm on Saturday 2nd November.

In addition, radio listeners can enjoy the opera in glorious stereo sound on Opera Night with Paul Herriott on RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 2nd November from 7pm-11pm. And the production will also be offered to radio broadcasters across Europe as part of RTÉ lyric fm’s partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Wexford Festival Opera was born out of the community back in 1951 and their support is just as strong now as it was back then. Local Wexford audiences are invited to Clayton Whites Hotel to enjoy the local atmosphere while watching the live-streamed event in a free, non-ticketed public screening hosted by RTÉ lyric fm. Doors open from 7.30pm; and the opera broadcast begins at 8pm – with beautiful RTÉ lyric fm goodie bags for the first 100 to arrive.

The cinema broadcasts, radio broadcasts and live-streaming of Dorilla in Tempe on RTÉ and locally in Wexford will make this much-loved and critically-acclaimed opera festival even more accessible to new audiences – whether they are from just around the corner or tuning in from around the world.

Famous for being one of the most productive composers in music history, Antonio Vivaldi wrote over 50 operas, though he is probably best remembered for his orchestral works. However Dorilla in Tempe was reputedly one of Vivaldi’s own favourite compositions and in the score, notably the opening chorus, there includes a reworking of part of the ‘Spring’ movement from his celebrated The Four Seasons, which was published just shortly before the premiere of this opera in 1726. It tells the story of the obstacles faced to the blissful union of Dorilla (a princess) and Elmiro (a shepherd), whose rival Nomio turns out to be the disguised god Apollo.

Dorilla in Tempe by Antonio Vivaldi will mark the return of director Fabio Ceresa (‘Best Director’ International Opera Awards 2016) and costume designer Giuseppe Palella, the key creative team behind the critically acclaimed operas Guglielmo Ratcliff (2015) and Maria de Rudenz (2016).  Presented in association with Teatro La Fenice (Venice).

Ann-Marie Power, Group Head of Arts & Culture, RTÉ, said:  “RTÉ’s partnership with the Wexford Festival Opera continues to break new ground, this year by also streaming live into three cinemas, and is reflective of how innovation is at the very heart of our efforts to bring the best in arts and culture to a wider audience, wherever they are. Following last year’s success, the streaming of high quality events has become a central element in the RTÉ’s promotion of arts and culture to Irish audiences, both at home and abroad. We are proud to be involved.”

From the outset, Wexford Festival Opera has set itself apart with a bold and unique vision: to introduce audiences to the ‘Hidden Gems’ of the opera-world by staging rarely performed operas to the highest artistic quality. It is a vision to which the Festival has held fast for 67 years and one that continues to give Wexford Festival Opera its distinctive character.

David McLoughlin, Chief Executive of Wexford Festival Opera, says:

“Following last year’s highly successful and innovative first ever live-streaming of an Irish produced opera, this year’s enhanced collaboration with RTÉ will feature another landmark initiative. For the first time ever an Irish produced opera production will be streamed live into key cinemas across the country, as well as to online audience across the globe. This exciting and expanding venture, not only further enhances Wexford’s strong partnership with RTÉ, but also forms a crucial part of Wexford’s digital strategy, enabling its already large national and international audience to expand even further by virtue of this renewed opportunity for audiences across the country and around the world to view and enjoy a Wexford production live online, and in cinemas nationwide”.

So if you can’t make it to Wexford, let Wexford come to you!

The 68th Wexford Festival Opera opens on 22 Oct and runs until 3 Nov 2019. Wexford Festival Opera is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East.  For more information and full programme, visit www.wexfordopera.com.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the cinema screenings, visit:

www.wexfordopera.com

www.rte.ie/culture

https://lighthousecinema.ie/

https://palas.ie/

https://centurycinemas.ie/


RTÉ joins Irish Film and Television Industry to calculate carbon emissions

RTÉ joined the Irish creative screen industries today, Wednesday, October 9th, to launch a new industry specific carbon calculator. 

The BAFTA Albert Carbon Calculator, already used by industry in UK, allows producers to understand a productions’ environmental impact. By providing some basic information about studio, work, travel, accommodation, locations, materials use and disposal, and post-production; the calculator reveals the extent of the carbon emissions on any given production.

Knowing this information will then allow the producers to offset these emissions by implementing sustainable film making practices throughout their production. These could include eliminating single use plastic, using water foundations, smart waste management solutions and reducing travel between locations.

The BAFTA Albert Carbon Calculator has been modified for use in Ireland thanks to the work of the Screen Greening Coalition. This coalition includes the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, TG4 and Virgin Media Television. In early 2018, these stakeholders agreed to fund and introduce the BAFTA Albert Carbon Calculator to Film and TV production in Ireland.

The creative screen industries specific carbon calculator will be launched at a panel on sustainable film making at a Responsible Production one day event on Wednesday 9th October in the Alex Hotel in Dublin. Pat Brereton will launch the carbon calculator on behalf of the Screen Greening Coalition.

Roser Canela-Mas, Industry Sustainability Manager, from BAFTA’s Albert project will be speaking on the panel on how to use the carbon calculator to ensure that producers get the most accurate results and can take steps to offset, and more importantly, reduce their emissions. Other speakers on the panel include: Emellie O’Brien (Earth Angel), Birgit Heidsiek (Green Film Shooting Founder), Geraldine Moloney (Film Distributors’ Association), Eleonora McNamara (Freelance Visual Artist), John Gormley (Screen Producers Ireland), and Panel Chair: Steven Davenport (Screen Ireland). The panel is taking place at 2pm.

Given the effects of climate change, the need to introduce more environmentally sustainable film making practices in our industry is clear. The recent reforms of the Film and Tax Credit Section 481 now also include a requirement, recently introduced by the Department of Culture and Screen Ireland, for all qualifying productions to have sustainable film making initiatives on set.

The BAFTA Albert Carbon Calculator, already used by industry in UK, allows producers to understand a productions’ environmental impact. By providing some basic information about studio, work, travel, accommodation, locations, materials use and disposal, and post-production; the calculator reveals the extent of the carbon emissions on any given production.

Knowing this information will then allow the producers to offset these emissions by implementing sustainable film making practices throughout their production. These could include eliminating single use plastic, using water foundations, smart waste management solutions and reducing travel between locations.

The BAFTA Albert Carbon Calculator has been modified for use in Ireland thanks to the work of the Screen Greening Coalition. This coalition includes the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, TG4 and Virgin Media Television. In early 2018, these stakeholders agreed to fund and introduce the BAFTA Albert Carbon Calculator to Film and TV production in Ireland.

The creative screen industries specific carbon calculator will be launched at a panel on sustainable film making at a Responsible Production one day event on Wednesday 9th October in the Alex Hotel in Dublin. Pat Brereton will launch the carbon calculator on behalf of the Screen Greening Coalition.

Roser Canela-Mas, Industry Sustainability Manager, from BAFTA’s Albert project will be speaking on the panel on how to use the carbon calculator to ensure that producers get the most accurate results and can take steps to offset, and more importantly, reduce their emissions. Other speakers on the panel include: Emellie O’Brien (Earth Angel), Birgit Heidsiek (Green Film Shooting Founder), Geraldine Moloney (Film Distributors’ Association), Eleonora McNamara (Freelance Visual Artist), John Gormley (Screen Producers Ireland), and Panel Chair: Steven Davenport (Screen Ireland). The panel is taking place at 2pm.

Given the effects of climate change, the need to introduce more environmentally sustainable film making practices in our industry is clear. The recent reforms of the Film and Tax Credit Section 481 now also include a requirement, recently introduced by the Department of Culture and Screen Ireland, for all qualifying productions to have sustainable film making initiatives on set.


Real Life Irish Stories Resonate with Irish Audiences on RTÉ Last Weekend

  959,800 tune in to the Late Late Show to hear Richie Sadlier, Jean Tierney, Fiona Ryan & Jonathan Mathis’ powerful stories  

– 750,400 tuned in to see how Dermot Bannon solved the challenges around the house overlooking the sea

– 575,900 watched Adam and Carly move to Ballinmore to stay with their individual families in Raised by the Village 

While the Boys in Green had a rest last weekend in the Rugby World Cup, it was a weekend full of real life Irish stories on RTÉ. RTÉ One was the channel of choice once again with The Late Late Show, Room to Improve, Fair CityRTÉ News, The Ray D’Arcy Show and Raised by the Village all amongst nine out of ten of the most-watched shows in the country.

A 49% share of Irish audiences (487,900) sat down to watch a stellar Late Late Show on Friday evening. From Operation Transformation’s Jean Tierney with her new baby Brayden, to a special 25th Anniversary performance of Riverdance. Former Ireland international Richie Sadlier drew the highest share of the show with his brave revelations about being the victim of sexual abuse as a teenager.

Room to Improve saw Dermot Bannon completely overhaul Claudia and Tom’s 1920’s bungalow with panoramic views of Tramore Bay. Dermot faced new challenges as he tried to deliver the perfect home with the perfect view. 

393,100 viewers (34% share) watched last nights Fair City, as Barry O’Hanlon struggles to settle back into Carrigstown after spending 8 years in prison. The cracks are starting to show between Will and Cristiano while Hayley was excited about her new career opportunities, not knowing the real truth behind her new venture. 

Raised by the Village’s second episode of the new series saw a jump of 70,000 viewers since the new season premiered last Sunday, averaging 373,000 with a 35.67% share. This episode told the story of Carly and Adam, both Dublin teenagers who travelled to Ballinmore to experience life in rural Ireland in a bid to help them get their own lives back on track. 

A host of Irish celebrities joined The Ray D’Arcy Show on Saturday night including Mrs Browns Boys star, Rory Cowan, Irish actress, Bronagh Gallagher and comedian Jarlath Regan. Viewers hearts were filled with love when they were introduced to abandoned puppies, Tomás, Liam and Fifi who were put up for adoption by the ISPCA who are looking for forever homes for each of them The programme was watched by 292,500 (30.17% share). 


New line up for 2FM’s GAME ON

Former Champion Jockey Ruby Walsh and former Irish Rugby International, Donncha O’Callaghan join RTÉ’s Marie Crowe as the new line up for 2FM’s GAME ON

From this evening (Monday 30th September), Donncha O’Callaghan and Ruby Walsh will be joining Marie Crowe in presenting Game On on RTÉ 2FM weekdays from 6pm. In another addition, the programme will now be extended to 8pm to bring listeners more voices, views and action from the world of sport across the two hour show.

On their debut this evening, Dublin All star and five in a row winner, Jack McCaffrey will be live in studio fresh from his team’s homecoming yesterday in Merrion Square. The programme will also feature Cork hurler Patrick Horgan on the county’s new managerial appointments. In addition, Donncha will be catching up with Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy tomorrow evening.

Former British & Irish Lion, Donncha O’Callaghan won 94 Ireland caps including three Triple Crowns and was part of the 2009 Grand Slam-winning team and won 2 Heineken Cups with Munster, whilst Ruby Walsh is a 12-time Champion Jockey – riding more than 2,500 winners in his career. The two will join RTÉ sports journalist Marie Crowe, a Game On regular, as part of a new line up.

Group Head of RTÉ Sport, Declan McBennettsaid;Ruby & Donncha bring an insight that only comes with elite athletes who have a successful track record. We believe that they can transfer that knowledge and insight to listeners in a manner that enhances our sporting coverage for a sports mad nation.”

Game On, weekdays 6-8pm on RTÉ 2FM


9 out of 10 of the weekend’s most-watched shows air on RTÉ

  – The Late Late Show is the highest rating weekend programme, reaching 952,000 viewers 

– 893,000 tune in to catch Ireland’s shock defeat to Japan in the Rugby World Cup on RTÉ2

– 784,000 saw Dermot Bannon’s overhaul of house in Wicklow for Room to Improve

From Rugby World Cup 2019 disappointment, to The Late Late Show, Room to Improve, Fair City, and RTÉ News, RTÉ was the broadcaster of choice for Irish viewers, airing nine out of ten of the most-watched shows in the country last weekend. 77% of viewers (622,000) were up bright and early on Saturday morning to witness Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2019 defeat to Japan, reaching an audience of 893,000. 

Room to Improve, which saw Dermot Bannon completely overhaul a 1990s dormer in Wicklow, averaged 568,000 viewers with a 46% share and a reach of 784,000. During the episode, Dermot was challenged to transform the house into a dream home for Frances and Nigel Coffin in Wicklow, and while the couple had expensive taste, he managed to come in under budget for the build.

Guests including Kevin Kilbane, Tommy Tiernan, Doireann Garrihy saw fourth instalment of The Late Late Show this season average 490,000 viewers, with a 46% share, and an audience reach of 952,000. Peak viewing for the episode occurred when Sophia Murphy gave a harrowing and remarkable interview, detailing her years of suffering sexual abuse at the hands of her father, who was jailed for 18 years.

340,000 viewers (30% share)  tuned in to Sunday’s Fair City, during which Carol slowly began to come to terms with the death of Robbie, while Sean set about organising a memorial gathering for him.

Raised by the Village debuted at 303,000 with a 30% share. In the first episode of the new series, Dublin teenagers Warren and Jordan travelled to Ballintubber to experience life in rural Ireland in a bid to help them get their own lives back on track. 

Winning Streakreturned for a new series fronted by Marty Whelan and Sinéad Kennedy, with 282,000 viewers and a 25% share.


RTÉ broadcasts 9 out of top 10 programmes at the weekend

 Almost 940,000 tune into watch Ireland’s World Cup victory against Scotland 

Late Late Show is the highest weekend entertainment programme reaching 859,500 viewers

729,700 saw Dermot Bannon’s latest house transformation 

RTÉ aired nine out of the top ten programmes last weekend, with the top five programmes each averaging over 300,000 viewers.

Sunday morning saw Irish audiences tune into Irish television in huge numbers, bringing the nation together to witness Ireland’s opening game at the Rugby World Cup getting off to a great start by defeating Scotland 27-3. The match averaged 640,000 viewers with a 70% share of the audience choosing RTÉ and reaching an audience of 937,600. The game had 127,426 live streams on RTÉ Player.

An average audience share of 419,200 with a reach of 859,000, tuned in to watch guests including Dublin footballer Dean Rock and his father Barney, Phil Coulter and Freya Ridings join Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show. Phil Coulter explained his reasons for not accepting an OBE and Ryan found himself up close and personal with some unsightly critters during an I’m A Celebrity inspired studio game with Shane Byrne.

An average of 518,000 (43%) viewers watched Dermot Bannon’s task of transforming a 1950’s two-bedroom house into something spectacular. The programme reached 729,700 viewers as they watched Dermot who had different ideas to owners Yvonne and Adrian as they clashed over pebbledash!

There was a reach of 415,200 who tuned in to see all the drama unfold in Carrigstown last night, in the same week Fair City celebrated its 30th anniversary. An average of 330,000 (28% share) viewers watched Mairead confronted Will and Barry had the opportunity to finally set the record straight!

For more information: Maureen Catterson, Communications Manager, RTÉ Television, Radio and Online; T: (01) 208 2255, 087 7800 737, maureen.catterson@rte.ie


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