Silver medal winner Nicole Turner with her parents Bernie and Jason Turner on her return from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Dublin Airport this week. Photo: Paralympics Ireland/Sportsfile.

Nicole set for Late Late show appearance

Ireland’s Paralympic heroes - including Nicole Turner from Portarlington - will be among the guests on The Late Late Show tomorrow night (Friday).

From Garryhinch, Portarlington - on the Offaly side of the border with Laois - Turner recently won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Nicole produced a sensational performance - and a personal best time - in the S6 50-metre butterfly final to clinch a silver medal on August 30.

Having been close to a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Nicole exceeded her expectations by winning silver in Tokyo.

Turner retuned to a hero's welcome in Portarlington this week as well-wishers from Offaly, Laois and beyond came out in force to congratulate her.

Nicole will be joined on the show by a galaxy of fellow Paralympic stars from Ireland - Jason Smyth, Ellen Keane, Gary O'Reilly, Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal - as they talk about their success. Sports journalist Joanne O'Riordan will also provide her insight.

This Friday's Late Late Show will feature Samantha Mumba talking about raising her daughter in Los Angeles, why activism is important to her, and her new role as a judge in Last Singer Standing which is due to hit screens later this autumn.

Ireland rugby coach and Munster legend Paul O'Connell will join presenter Ryan Tubridy to discuss how he finds life on the sideline with Ireland. He’ll also discuss his ongoing work in schools throughout Ireland with Barnardos and the lessons he learned through sport when he was growing up.

In addition, comedian Joanne McNally will talk about everything from why her therapist ghosted her to being kicked off a celebrity dating website.

Viewers will also hear the extraordinary story of the long-lost siblings who had been left as babies on either side of the Irish border, only to find each other over 50 years later through the help of DNA testing and the ITV programme Long Lost Family.

Plus, there will music from Orla Gartland and Hermitage Green.