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Monday 18 December 2017

Tubridy rushes to meet JFK book deadline

RTE star Ryan Tubridy will launch his debut book on John F Kennedy to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the president's election.

Titled JFK In Ireland, the book is set to hit shelves on November 5.

The Late Late Show host is in the final stages of "the mopping-up process" for his eagerly awaited first book and has just four weeks left until his deadline to hand it over to publisher Harper Collins UK.

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.

The self-confessed young fogey described the book as "a close study of the shenanigans behind the scenes" at the time of the 1963 visit. "This book aims to present the public side of that whirlwind Kennedy visit in 1963 from those who may have stories, gifts, photos, video, memories or simply an opinion on it."

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 UK.

Last month he admitted to the Herald he was too scared to give anyone a sneak peak at the historical manuscript, including his girlfriend Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, because of his lack of experience as a writer.

"I've been really reluctant to show it to [Aoibhinn] or anyone else to be honest," he said. "I'm just concerned they will say it's appalling. I'm not a writer by profession, that's not my natural habitat so it's been a bit of a learning curve."

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