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Saturday 16 December 2017

Ryan 'does a McCarthy' on radio tour of pubs with the Tubridy name

CHEERS: 'Tubridys are everywhere -- and they are not shy'

RYAN Tubridy has mimicked a top author after travelling to his namesake pub for a live broadcast.

Tubridy is borrowing the idea of the late Pete McCarthy and is on a mission to enjoy a drink in every pub that shares his name.

McCarthy followed the premise that you should never pass up the opportunity of having a drink in a bar that shares your name.

He went on to write a book about his travels through Ireland, detailing all of the McCarthy pubs he visited.

Former American president Ronald Reagan made the pilgrimage to his home town in Tipperary and had a pub named after him in the village.

And this week, Ryan, whose great grandfather Patrick was originally from Co Clare, travelled down to Cooraclare in the west of Clare, to broadcast his radio show live from Tubridy's Bar in the village.

"We've had the nicest welcome," the radio host said. "It was such a joy to meet all the Tubridys from the town and the surrounding counties.

"If you like the Tubridys you're very welcome, I think it's fair to say. They're everywhere. I can tell you one thing about the gene, you're not shy," he laughed.

The chat show presenter detailed his travels down the country on Twitter and posted images of the pubs on his personal site.

"We were tweeting along the way, asking people where we should go, what we should do," Ryan said.

Producers explained that it was simply a novel idea to change the location of the broadcast but have no plans to make it a regular feature. "He stopped off in a few Tubridy bars along the way but it's a once-off from Tubridy," a spokesperson for RTE said.

Meanwhile, The Late Late Show host is approaching the deadline for his book on John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland.

The manuscript is due into Harper Collins publishers in three weeks time and the publication date is set for November, the 50th anniversary of JFK's election.

The father-of-two, who has been writing the book for the past 18 months and committed to the project long before he took over the Late Late Show gig last September, has spent much of his time researching it in the National Library.

Tubridy reached out to the public via his website to ask people to recall their memories of the visit as part of his research for the book, which is part of a €100,000 two-book deal with Harper Collins.

The self-confessed young fogey claims he has a personal interest in the topic of JFK's historical visit to Ireland as one of his relatives was instrumental in persuading President Kennedy to travel in June 1963.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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