The show, which returns tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35 pm, will include interviews with a number of her contemporaries and friends.
Tonight's Late Late Show will feature a tribute to the late broadcaster Marian Finucane.
Women’s rights advocate and RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane died suddenly in her home on Thursday. The news of her passing came as a shock to people all over Ireland, with celebrities and politicians paying tribute to the late 69-year-old on Twitter.
The lesser known Marian Finucane. The architect, activist and proud Dublin woman: RTÉ Archives | Arts and Culture | Marian Finucane as a Student Protester https://t.co/BP9AIx7WGa— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) January 2, 2020
So sad to hear of the passing of Marian Finucane, Marian always treated me with patience and kindness throughout interviews over the years.— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) January 2, 2020
What a wonderful lady, my thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. R.I.P pic.twitter.com/UUb5nNnW7J
RIP Marian Finucane - you paved the way for so many women in journalism and broadcast. I was so honoured to have been interviewed by you on your radio show and you’ll always be a role model. Professional, warm and so… https://t.co/kjPDSTAIh4— Laura Whitmore (@thewhitmore) January 2, 2020
May 31 ,1979 ,on RTE Radio One the Gay Byrne show was extended to 2 hours and Marian Finucane launched “Women Today” which grew into Liveline in 1985 .It was a historic day .In less than 2 months we have lost the twin pillars of public broadcasting over 40 years Gay & Marian— JOE DUFFY (@joeliveline) January 2, 2020
Shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Marian Finucane. She paved the way for so many women in broadcasting and journalism. Deepest sympathies to her family, friends and RTÉ colleagues. RIP. https://t.co/hxpt1fcYt2— Katherine Zappone (@KZapponeTD) January 2, 2020
Tonight, adding to the tributes, the Late Late Show will feature a segment detailing Finucane's immeasurable contribution to Irish society and culture, as well as a series of interviews with her friends and contemporaries.
*Update on tonight's Late Late Show *
Due to the sudden passing of Marian Finucane, tonight's #LateLate will now feature a segment paying tribute to Marian & her contribution to Irish broadcasting & Irish society, with interviews with a number of her contemporaries and friends. pic.twitter.com/qAFq9QZRMM— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) January 3, 2020
Finucane's passing was announced by RTÉ yesterday evening,who said that they were sharing the news with "profound shock and sadness."
"Marian was a broadcaster of immense capability; a household name, she was first and foremost a tenacious journalist with a zeal for breaking new ground," said RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes.
"From Women Today to Liveline to her weekday radio show on Radio 1 and, latterly, her enormously popular Saturday and Sunday radio programme, she tackled the big social issues of the day with command and insight.
"Multi-skilled, she forged a distinguished career on television, as well as undertaking significant charity work in Africa. Ireland has lost a unique voice. RTÉ has lost a beloved colleague. My sincere and heartfelt sympathies to her husband John and son Jack."
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Marian had a long and varied career; first studying architecture in Bolton Street before joining RTÉ as a continuity announcer in 1974. She became a presenter two years later. She began hosting her own show, Women Today, in 1979, later going on to become the first presenter of Ireland's most famous radio talk show Liveline.
The Late Late Show airs tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35 pm.
Meanwhile, The Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will be presented by Rachael English on Saturday morning.
The two-hour programme will feature tributes from Ireland and around the world from colleagues and friends and will be looking back on some of her best moments in broadcasting.
Brendan O'Connor will present on Sunday morning.