It's the first Late Late Show of the year tonight and to mark the year that's in it, they plan on having a panel discussion on the merits – or otherwise – of the upcoming 1916 commemorations and celebrations, featuring broadcaster Ivan Yates, artist Robert Ballagh, writer Martina Devlin and, with his own unique take on it, Blindboy Boatclub from The Rubberbandits - worth tuning in for him alone.
As well as that, the new master of the Rotunda, Professor Fergal Malone will join Ryan to discuss the challenges facing the Irish health service and whether the system is failing women, from those whose cancers are missed as a result of treatment delays to the pregnant women who must travel abroad if they want to terminate unviable pregnancies.
Author of terrific book 'Room' Emma Donoghue will be in for a chat about the extraordinary reaction the movie adaptation has received abroad and finding herself on Oscar’s radar.
Blogger, broadcaster and former Alternative Miss Ireland, Sinéad Burke, aka Minnie Melange, will join Ryan to chat about life at 3 foot 5 inches in modern Ireland, while actor and columnist Michael Harding will be sharing his musings on the New Year.
Music then will be provided by up and coming Dublin duo Morrissey and Marshall as well as country favourite Tommy Fleming, while the show will be celebrating the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth with a performance from one of the world’s best Elvis impersonators Ben Portsmouth.
An eclectic mix anyways!