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‘Derry Girls’ actor Jamie Lee O’Donnell, Shobsy, stars of Irish country music for ‘The Late Late Show’

Former Irish President Mary McAleese, immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill, Cathy Wheatley and Ukrainian surrogate Ivana Holub will also join Ryan Tubridy on The late show this evening.

Jamie Lee O’Donnell Derry Girls fame, Professor Luke O’Neill, Mary McAleese, Shobsy and a slew of Irish country music stars are among this week’s guests on The late show.

Foyleside wild child Michelle Mallon is played by actress Jamie Lee O’Donnell, who will chat with Ryan Tubridy about her role in the hit Channel 4 show – the final season of which premiered earlier this week.

In 2018, the Derry native starred in a theater production I told my mom I was going on a RE trip, by Julia Samuels, playing the role of a minor who decides to have an abortion. The following year, she joined the cast of girls and dolls, a play from Derry Girls designer Lisa McGee. O’Donnell then starred in Martin McDonagh The cripple of Inishmaan at the Gaiety Theater.

Of her role as Michelle Mallon, she said: “Michelle really thinks maybe she’s just a little too big for where she was born and she’s ready to take on the world one swear word at a time. She’s really feisty, really cheeky, don’t really care about authority, I’m just ready for anything and ready to laugh.”

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell at the Derry Girls Series 3 red carpet at Omniplex in Derry. April 2022. Copyright Miguel Ruiz.

Dublin singer Shobsy is live in the studio for a very special performance at the end of a very emotional week.

The former State Lights frontman recently unveiled the charismatic video for his debut solo single “Vanity,” featuring an oil painting of himself in historic attire.

Shobsy sold out his first solo show at Dublin’s Workman’s Club within days last fall, and toured as a supporting guest with RTE Choice Music Prize-nominated Soda Blonde earlier this year.

Guests from the world of Irish country music, including a star-studded line-up of Trudi Lalor, Gloria, Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell and Declan Nerney, will mark Big Tom’s birthday on The late show.

Cathy Wheatley will also be on the show to discuss the experience of evacuating her Ukrainian surrogate from the war.

Ivana Holub is the surrogate mother of Cathy’s twins and now Ivana, with her three children, lives with Cathy, Cathy’s husband, and the twins.

Immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill, who returned to Ireland after volunteering in Slovakia to deliver humanitarian supplies to Ukraine, will be there, as will former Irish President Mary McAleese, who spoke for the first time from Ukraine on The late show a little over a month ago.

There will also be a very special performance by young Ukrainian dancer Taya Shvets, who fled Ukraine with her mother and brother when Russia invaded their homeland.

Tune The late show tonight at 9:35 p.m. on RTE One.