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Patrick Kielty to revisit ‘soundtrack to my childhood’ for country special

Patrick Kielty will host the Late Late Show Country Music Special on Friday (Andres Poveda/RTE/PA)
Patrick Kielty will host the Late Late Show Country Music Special on Friday (Andres Poveda/RTE/PA) Patrick Kielty will host the Late Late Show Country Music Special on Friday (Andres Poveda/RTE/PA)

Patrick Kielty has said he is looking forward to revisiting “the soundtrack to my childhood” for his very first Late Late Country Music Special.

The TV star has described growing up in the dance halls of County Down and is excited to revisit that period in his life for the special episode of the chat show.

The biggest names in Irish country music will join Kielty for Friday’s show, which will see one household name inducted into the Irish Country Hall of Fame.

Previous honorees include Daniel O’Donnell, Philomena Begley and Margo.

Speaking ahead of the show, Kielty said: “Growing up in Co Down, country music was the soundtrack to my childhood.

“From Philomena to Brian Coll, if we weren’t listening to country at home, we were backstage at dancehalls with my dad, who promoted lots of the acts at that time.

“I’ve so many fond memories from then and I’m really looking forward to bringing it all back home with my first Late Late Show Country Special tonight.”

The Late Late Show Country Music Special is one of the most popular episodes of the year and is second only to The Late Late Toy Show in demand for audience tickets.

The Late Late Show Country Special airs on Friday at 9.35 pm on RTE One and RTE Player.