The Cafe (2004 talk show)

The Cafe is a talk show aimed at young people in Ireland. The show debuted in 2004. It was broadcast on RTÉ Two each Friday evening at 19:00, having switched from its previous location in the Thursday scheduling from 7 November 2008.

The Cafe
GenreTalk show / music / comedy
StarringAidan Power (2004–Finale)
Laura Woods (2004–2007)
Liam McCormack (20072008)
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
Running time30 minutes
Original networkRTÉ Two
Original release2004 (2004) 
2 April 2010 (2010-04-02)
External links

It was presented by Aidan Power, although Laura Woods and Liam McCormack were his previous co-presenters. The waitress was Avril Kelly, who served drinks to the audience and guests and acts as the announcer of what would occur following the commercial break.opening .[1]

Chats were conducted with two or three guests, there were comic inserts and a musical performance rounded off the show (although sometimes a musical performance may have started the show a well). Past guests included Jason Byrne and Donna and Joseph McCaul,[2] PJ Gallagher and Tom McGurk,[3] Glen Wallace and Jennifer Metcalfe, Caroline Morahan,[4] Amanda Byram, Michelle Heaton,[5] Nicola McLean, Daithí Ó Sé, The Kinetiks,[6] The Coronas, Rosanna Davision, Jacob Byrne,[7] Oliver Callan (aka Gay Byrne) and Pat Kenny,[8] wrestlers Scotty 2 Hotty and Joe Legend,[9] The Saw Doctors,[10] panellist John Bishop[11] and Skins actors Mike Bailey, Daniel Kaluuya and Larissa Wilson.[12]

The Cafe completed transmission of its fifth season on 27 March 2009. A sixth season was revealed on 14 August 2009 by Aidan Power to be on the way.[13] The last ever episode was broadcast on 2 April 2010 due to its axing by RTÉ to make way for new programming.[14]

Season one

Season two

Guests in season two included Keith Duffy, Adam Woodyatt, Tony Fenton, Nicholas Hoult, Marty Whelan, Ronnie Drew, Larry Gogan and Liz Bonnin. Music was provided by Turn, Ham Sandwich, Gemma Hayes, Luan Parle, The Answer, Katie Melua and Damien Dempsey.

Date of transmissionGuestsArtistSongDetails
26 January 2006Gail Kaneswaren, Críona Grant and Andrea Roche, Bernard Dunne, Keith DuffyTurn"It's All About Nothing"Details
2 February 2006Kerry Katona, Ruaidhri Conroy, Paul WilliamsThe Marshals"Make Her Cry"Details
9 February 2006Michelle Heaton and Andy Scott-Lee, Alan Quinlan and Frankie SheahanHam Sandwich"This Screaming Silence"Details
16 February 2006Adam Woodyatt, Gemma Hayes, Anna NolanGemma Hayes"Undercover"Details
23 February 2006David Mitchell and Tony Fenton, You're a StarLeanne Harte"Hard to Grasp"Details
2 March 2006Linda Martin and Brian Ormond, Nicholas HoultGeorge Murphy"Something Outta Nothing"Details
9 March 2006Marty Whelan, Ruaidhri Conroy, Aoife Ní ThuairisgStoat"Acunamanacana"Details
16 March 2006Lake Highland Highlandettes, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Ronnie DrewLuan Parle"Failed Romances"Details
23 March 2006Lucy Kennedy, Michael McElhatton and Tito LongThe Answer"Never Too Late"Details
30 March 2006Michael Carruth and Emma O'Driscoll, Richie Kavanagh, Larry GoganPrison LoveDetails
6 April 2006Journey South, Katie Melua, Louis WalshKatie Melua"Spiders Web"Details
20 April 2006Gordon D'Arcy, Damien Dempsey, Liz BonninDamien Dempsey"Party On"Details
Exam specials
Date of transmissionGuestsArtistSongDetails
7 June 2006Ray D'Arcy, Jason Byrne,1 AslanAslan"Lucy Jones Part 2" and "Different Man"Details
8 June 2006Triniti, Jason Byrne, Fiona Looney and Deirdre O'KaneTriniti and Delorentos"Rose on Water" and "Leave It On"Details
9 June 2006Tom Dunne, Jason Byrne, Pamela FloodO'Sullivan Brothers"High"Details
12 June 2006Matt Willis, Jack L, Jason Byrne, Paul ByromThe Saw Doctors"Your Guitar"Details
13 June 2006John Maguire, Jason Byrne, Denis IrwinRepublic of Loose"Translation"Details

1. Byrne was hired as a waiter for these five episodes. He served coffee to The Cafe's guests.

Season three

Season three included twenty-seven editions of The Cafe, thirteen of which were in 2006 and fourteen of which were in 2007. Among those to provide music were Director, Messiah J & The Expert, The Frank and Walters, Fionn Regan, The Blizzards, Boss Volenti, The Coronas, Vyvienne Long, Luan Parle, Delorentos, Iain Archer and Royseven

Date of transmissionGuestsArtistSongDetails
28 September 2006Spiral, Bernard O'Shea, Sinéad BeirneSpiral"So Sexy"Details
5 October 2006Oliver Callan, Mickey Harte, Bubble Hits (James Hyland and Lee Walsh)Mickey Harte"Can't Let Go"Details
12 October 2006Mr. Ireland (Simon Hales), RasherIn-Flight Safety"Surround"Details
19 October 2006Brent Pope, Bernard O'Shea, Mark PollockDirector"Come with a Friend"Details
26 October 2006Bronagh Gallagher, Oliver Callan, Irish GhostbustersNylon"Closer"Details
2 November 2006Oliver Callan, Jimmy Magee, Jack WiseSuperjimenez"Helicopters"Details
9 November 2006Oliver Callan, Joe Duffy, Tadhg KennellyMessiah J & The Expert"Something Outta Nothing"Details
16 November 2006Fitzy, Karl Spain, Oliver Callan, GP TaylorThe Frank and Walters"Miles and Miles"Details
23 November 2006TJ and TJ, Fair City's Barry, Jo and Heather (Patrick David Nolan, Rachel Sarah Murphy and Una Kavanagh), Kieran Donaghy and Aidan O'MahonyRepublic of Loose"The Idiots"Details
30 November 2006Jason Byrne, Robin CousinsNeosupervital"Now That I Found It"Details
7 December 2006Gary Cooke, Oliver Callan, Bryan DobsonFionn Regan"Put a Penny in the Slot"Details
14 (17?) December 2006Maeve Higgins, Jack Wise, PJ GallagherThe Charlatans and Jake Stevens"Blackened Blue Eyes" and
"Merry Christmas Jakey Boy"
21 December 2006Fran Cosgrave, Oliver Callan, Keith BarryThe Blizzards"Fantasy"Details
1 January 2007Oliver Callan as Joe Duffy in an end of year Top 10 reviewDetails
18 January 2007Ryan Tubridy, Oliver Callan, Dave CoffeyDavid Kitt"One Clear Way"Details
25 January 2007Bill O'Herlihy, Oliver Callan, Ben RamazaniMista.BNG and Boss Volenti"Stronger Than Before"
and "The Gun"
1 February 2007Briain Gleeson and Charlene Gleeson and Tara Leinston (Trouble in Paradise), Oliver Callan, Eamon Horan and Brendan FanningThe Coronas"Decision Time"Details
8 February 2007Derval O'Rourke, Oliver Callan, Blind DateVyvienne Long"She Wants to Move"Details
15 February 2007Blind Date Catch Up, Dáithí Ó Sé, TJ and TJ, Monica LoughmanLuan Parle"Make It On My Own"Details
22 February 2007Oliver Callan, Keith Duffy and Brian Ormond, TJ and TJ, Paul HowardMy Alamo"1994"Details
1 March 2007Louis Walsh, Kevin J Ryan, Bernard O'Shea, Manchán MaganDelorentos"Basis of Everything"Details
8 March 2007Colm & Jim-Jim, Oliver Callan, Baz/Michael/Mark (How Low Can You Go?)Iain Archer"Minus Ten"Details
15 March 2007James Alexandrou, TJ and TJ, Oliver Callan, You're a StarRoyseven"Crash"Details
22 March 2007Caroline Morahan, TJ and TJ, Raj Khan, Oliver Callan, Gavin McConnon and Emmet O'BrienThe Cooper Temple Clause"Waiting Game"Details
29 March 2007Lucy Kennedy, Bernard O'Shea, George McMahon, Oliver Callan, Gavin McConnon and Emmet O'BrienJ-90"Freak"Details
12 April 2007Ken Doherty, Oliver Callan, Bernard DunneDiscovery Gospel Choir and The Rags"I Still Haven't Found
What I'm Looking For
and "Monsters & I"
19 April 2007Brian McFadden, Oliver Callan, Don WycherleyBrian McFadden"Like Only a Woman Can" and "Jones"Details
The Best Of The Cafe

Throughout June and July 2007, RTÉ broadcast six special editions of The Cafe. These included past interviews and performances.

Date of transmissionGuestsArtistSongDetails
3 June 2007The Best Of The Cafe 1 (Ryan Tubridy, James Alexandrou, Brian Ormond, Keith Duffy, Bernard Dunne)Director/Delorentos"Come With a Friend"/"Basis of Everything"Details
10 June 2007The Best Of The Cafe 2 (Louis Walsh, Keith Duffy, Karl Spain, Jimmy Magee, the boys from How Low Can You Go?)Discovery Gospel Choir/The Charlatans"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"/"Blackened Blue Eyes"Details
17 June 2007The Best Of The Cafe 3 (Lucy Kennedy, Tadhg Kennelly, Fran Cosgrave, Manchán Magan)Iain Archer/The Frank and Walters"Minus Ten"/"Miles and Miles"Details
24 June 2007The Best Of The Cafe 4 (Jason Byrne, Brent Pope, Oliver Callan, Dáithí Ó Sé, Derval O'Rourke, TJ and TJ)Messiah J & The Expert/Brian McFadden"Something Outta Nothing"/?Details
4 July 2007The Best Of The Cafe 5 (Ken Doherty, Maeve Higgins, PJ Gallagher, Don Wycherley, Keith Barry)Fionn Regan/The Blizzards"Put a Penny in the Slot"/"Fantasy"Details
8 July 2007The Best Of The Cafe 6 (Caroline Morahan, Bill O'Herlihy, Bryan Dobson, Brian McFadden)David Kitt/Royseven"One Clear Way"/"Crash"Details

Season four

For season four, Aidan Power's co-presenter Laura Woods left for pastures new and was replaced by Liam McCormack. On 25 October Ziggy Lichman guest presented instead of Aidan Power, alongside Liam McCormack. The opening sequence also changed to feature past guests such as The Blizzards, Lucy Kennedy and Ken Doherty in black and white. Among those to provide music were Duke Special, Messiah J and the Expert, The Flaws, Declan O'Rourke, Republic of Loose, East 17, Juno Falls, David Geraghty and Seasick Steve.

Date of transmissionGuestsArtistSongDetails
27 September 2007Caroline Morahan and Pamela Flood (Off the Rails), Fran Dempsey (Fortycoats), Tom McGurkThe Radio"Manmade"Details
4 October 2007Ziggy Lichman and Carole Vincent (Big Brother 8)Carole and Duke Special"Stairway to Heaven" and
"Our Love Goes Deeper Than This"
11 October 2007Joe O'Shea, Mary FitzgeraldDan le sac vs Scroobius Pip"The Beat That My Heart Skipped"Details
18 October 2007Brian Belo, Orlaith McAllisterMessiah J and the Expert"Super Famous Super Tune"Details
25 October 2007Keith Barry, Brian DowlingThe Flaws"You & I"Details
1 November 2007Daithí O'Sé and Michael Healy-Rae, Tabby CallaghanThe Mitchell Brothers"Michael Jackson"Details
8 November 2007Sinéad Moynihan and Anthony Quinlan (Hollyoaks), Evanne Ní ChuilinnDeclan O'Rourke"Whatever Else Happens"Details
22 November 2007Brian Ormond, Jimmy MageeRepublic of Loose"Break"Details
29 November 2007Mario Rosenstock, Dave Duffy and Jenny Kavanagh (Fair City)Dry County"Another Idea"Details
6 December 2007Andrew Maxwell, Damian Clark and Andrew Stanley (I Dare Ya)Ash"You Can't Have It All"Details
13 December 2007Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Derek Mooney (Echo Island), Oliver CallanEast 17"Stay Another Day"Details
20 December 2007Dean Gaffney, GAA All Stars, Mary Fitzgerald and Kathryn McKiernan, Six membersGAA All Stars"Over the Rooftops"Details
10 January 2008Rachel Allen, Rhino and Jet (Gladiators)Smoke Feathers[15]
17 January 2008Charley Boorman, Katherine LynchSuper Extra Bonus Party"Favourite Things"Details
24 January 2008Keith Duffy/Michelle Heaton/Brendan O'Connor (You're a Star), HopeHope/Juno Falls"Umbrella"/"This Song is Your Own"Details
31 January 2008Louis Walsh, Ryle Nugent and Reggie CorriganKano"Feel Free"Details
7 February 2008Susan McFadden, Matt Littler and Darren Jon-Jeffries (Hollyoaks)Jenny Lindfors"Timewarp"Details
14 February 2008Brendan Cole, Holly BrisleyDavid Geraghty"Kaleidoscope"Details
21 February 2008Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson (Five), Michael WinslowSeasick Steve"Cut My Wings"Details
28 February 2008Sinead Kennedy, ChicoPaddy Casey"Not Out to Get You"Details
6 March 2008Eoghan Harris and Tom Ó Brannagáin (Glas Vegas), Timmy Mallett and Pippa O'Connor/Rosanna DavisonNoise Control"We Like Music"Details
13 March 2008Kathryn Thomas, Krump Dancers, Chris Doran, You're a Star finalistsDetails
27 March 2008Francesca Martinez, Gordon D'Arcy and Paul HowardAutamata"What You All About?"Details
4 April 2008Mike Bailey/Larissa Wilson/Daniel Kaluuya (Skins), Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (Celebrity Bainisteoir)Nizlopi"Start Beginning"Details
11 April 2008Shayne Ward, Matt Di Angelo, Mikey Graham and Joe McKinney (Hollywood Trials), Dustin the TurkeyShayne Ward"You Got Me So"Details
The Cafe Select

Throughout June, July and into August 2008, RTÉ broadcast six special editions of The Cafe. These included past interviews and performances.

Date of transmissionGuestsArtistSongDetails
29 June 2008The Café Select 1 with Louis Walsh, Holly Brisley, the Hollyoaks Boys, Brian BeloRepublic of Loose/Seasick SteveDetails
6 July 2008The Café Select 2 with Matt Di Angelo, Six, Keith Barry, Duke Special and the Mitchell BrothersDetails
13 July 2008The Café Select 3 with Dean Gaffney, Francesca Martinez, East 17 and Shayne WardDetails
20 July 2008The Café Select 4 with Andrew Maxwell, Declan O'Rourke, the boys from Hollyoaks and Dan le SacDetails
27 July 2008The Café Select 5 with Rachel Allen, Brian Dowling, Paul Howard, Gordon D'Arcy and othersPaddy CaseyDetails
3 August 2008The Café Select 6 with Kathryn Thomas, Timmy Mallett, Michael Winslow, Mikey GrahamHope/ Super Extra Bonus PartyDetails

Season five

For season five, Aidan Power's co-presenter Liam McCormack left for pastures new and was replaced by nobody as Power became the show's sole presenter. The 7 November episode marked the beginning of Friday broadcasts, this change would remain in effect until the programme's end in 2010. Among those to provide music were Republic of Loose, The Flaws, Fight Like Apes, Ham Sandwich, The Blizzards and The Coronas.

Olympian Kenny Egan produced his silver medal.[16] Economist George Lee was shown predicting doom and gloom sixteen years earlier [17] Pat Kenny featured on the night of The Late Late Toy Show where he encountered the mimicry of Oliver Callan who took on the persona of Kenny and his predecessor Gay Byrne.[18] Ryle Nugent guested on 20 March 2009 to talk about Ireland's attempt to win the 2009 Six Nations Championship Grand Slam.[19] The final episode of the fifth series was broadcast on 27 March 2009, featuring guests Eamon Dunphy and John Bishop, with music from Republic of Loose and a new Louis Walsh girlband.[20]

Date of transmissionGuestsArtistSongDetails
25 September 2008Brendan Courtney, Gemma BissixRepublic of Loose"The Ritual"Details
2 October 2008Kenny Egan, Cadbury's gorilla, Charlene McKenna and Liam Garrigan (Raw)Mundy"January is Blue"[16]
9 October 2008Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham, Nam the Man, Amy HubermanThe Flaws"Idolise"Details
16 October 2008Gráinne and Síle Seoige, Mohammed GeorgeFight Like Apes"Jake Summers"Details
30 October 2008George Lee, Lucy KennedyDirty Epics"Way Too Pretty"[17]
7 November 2008Simon Delaney, Paddy CourtneyThe Saw Doctors"About You Now"Details
14 November 2008Hilda Fay, John BishopHam Sandwich"Broken Glass"Details
21 November 2008Colm & Jim-Jim, Dan O'ConnorThe Blizzards"The Reason"[21]
28 November 2008Pat Kenny, Oliver CallanGeneral Fiasco"Rebel Get By"[18]
5 December 2008Andrew Maxwell, Susan McFaddenKeywest"Damn"Details
12 December 2008Jason Byrne, Rosanna DavisonThe Coronas"San Diego Song"/"Heroes or Ghosts"Details
19 December 2008Louis Walsh, Vanessa FeltzBoogie Nights"Merry Xmas Everybody"[22]
9 January 2009The Cheeky Girls, Andrew Stanley and Damian ClarkAslan"Crazy World"/"Jealous Little Thing"Details
16 January 2009Daithí Ó Sé, Nicola McLeanThe Kinetiks"Lightbulb"Details
23 January 2009George McMahon, Bernard O'Shea and Laura WayPony Club"Diplomat"Details
30 January 2009Michelle Heaton, Amanda ByramFred"The Lights"Details
6 February 2009Denis Hickie, Sarah Morrissey/Pippa O'Connor/Jenny Lee MastersonNoise Control"Addiction"Details
13 February 2009Glen Wallace and Jennifer Metcalfe (Hollyoaks), Caroline MorahanJack LDetails
20 February 2009Samanda, Bláthnaid Ní ChofaighCowboy X"Break Me"Details
27 February 2009PJ Gallagher, Tom McGurkSinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy/Joe Echo"Et Cetera"/"If I Were a Boy"Details
6 March 2009Jason Byrne, Donna and Joseph McCaulN-Dubz/Ham Sandwich"Click... Click... Boom!!!" (as Gaeilge)Details
13 March 2009Aidan Bishop, Nicky Hambleton-JonesThe Blizzards/The Infomatics"Postcards"/"Rave Up"Details
20 March 2009Ryle Nugent, Lisa RogersSuper Extra Bonus Party"Tea with Lord Haw Haw"Details
27 March 2009Eamon Dunphy, John BishopLouis Walsh girlband/Republic of LooseDetails

Season six

Keith Duffy appeared to promote the stage show My First Time; this was cancelled after the sudden death of fellow Boyzone member Stephen Gately the following day.[23][24]

Guests on the final episode, aired on 26 March 2010, were Katie Taylor, Daithi O'Se, Kathryn Thomas, Andrew Stanley and Dustin the Turkey, with music from Smash Hits and Beardyman.[25][26]


  1. The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show. RTÉ 2fm. 19 December 2008.
  2. "Tonight's Café line-up is revealed". RTÉ. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  3. "Comedian Gallagher set for The Café". RTÉ. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  4. "Hollyoaks lovebirds on The Café tonight". RTÉ. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  5. "Celebrity BB star set to appear on The Café". RTÉ. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  6. "I'm A Celebrity star set for The Café". RTÉ. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  7. "Comedian Jason Byrne set for The Café". RTÉ. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  8. "Pat Kenny to join Aidan on The Café". RTÉ. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  9. "Wrestling stars set for The Café couch". RTÉ. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  10. "The Saw Doctors to appear on The Café". RTÉ. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  11. "Fair City's Tracey set for The Café". RTÉ. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  12. "Skins stars & Nizlopi for The Café". RTÉ. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  13. "Power joining All Ireland Talent Show". RTÉ. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  14. "RTÉ star Power talks about end of The Cafe". RTÉ. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  15. 10 January 2008. RTÉ. Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  16. 2 October 2008. RTÉ. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  17. 30 October 2008. RTÉ. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  18. 28 November 2008. RTÉ. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  19. "Line-up for The Café is announced". RTÉ. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  20. "Dunphy joining Aidan on The Café". RTÉ. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  21. 21 November 2008. RTÉ. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  22. 19 December 2008. RTÉ. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  23. "Tonight's Café line-up is revealed". RTÉ. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  24. Thompson, Jody (15 October 2009). "Stephen Gately: Grief-stricken Boyzone star Keith Duffy cancels stage show". Mirror. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  25. "Katie Taylor on The Café tonight". RTÉ. 26 March 2010. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  26. "RTÉ star Power talks about end of The Cafe". RTÉ. 8 April 2010. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
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