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Turner and O’Reilly set to feature on this week’s edition of the Late Late Show

Gary O'Reilly and Nicole Turner
Gary O'Reilly and Nicole Turner

The Late Late Show returned to our TV screens after its summer break last week – and this week’s show will have huge Laois interest.

Portarlington’s Nicole Turner and Portlaoise’s Gary O’Reilly are set to join host Ryan Tubridy on the coach.

The duo are just back from Tokyo where they enjoyed a highly successful Paralympic games.

Swimmer Turner, competing in her second Games, reached three finals and took bronze in the Breaststroke.

Meanwhile, Portlaoise’s O’Reilly was taking part in his first ever Paralympics.

The hand-cyclist stunned a high class field to take home a bronze medal.

The pair will join other Paralympians Jason Smyth, Ellen Keane, Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal on Friday’s show.

While journalist Joanne O’Riordan, who was ever present on our TV screens thoughout the Paralympics, will also take part.

Samantha Mumba, Joanne McNally, Paul O’Connell, Hermitage Green and Orla Gartland are among the other guests for The Late Late Show on the September 10 edition.

Not even a torrential downpour could dampen the spirits in Portarlington and Portlaoise yesterday evening as Nicole Turner and Gary O’Reilly returned to a hero’s welcome following their medal success in Tokyo last week.

Hundreds of people came out to both towns for the homecomings, both wonderful occasions for two truly inspirational characters.

In Portarlington, Nicole Turner travelled through the town, starting at the rugby club where she posed with the silver medal she won in the S6 50m Butterfly, and finished at Garryhinch near her home.

Supporters lined the streets to acknowledge the 19-year-old’s success, who returned to Ireland today alongside her Paralympic colleagues.

And on the Borris Road in Portlaoise, hand-cyclist O’Reilly was met with similar scenes.

O’Reilly was given a drive-by send off a couple of weeks ago and there was even further excitement this evening as cars were parked up at every available spot in that part of the county town.

Ireland flags, Laois flags and Portlaoise flags were all evident on a joyous evening as the music blared from a temporary DJ setup at the front of his family home.

Gary was paraded up and down the road in a vintage Mercedes, modestly waving to the crowds that had turned out to greet his arrival.

SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Home are the heroes as Paralympic medallists get rousing reception

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.