Play it Again Des was an Irish sports chat show produced by RTÉ for two series. The show was presented by Des Cahill and featured top sports personalities in discussion about their favourite sporting moments.[1]

Play it Again Des
Presented byDes Cahill
Country of originIreland
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes23
Production locationsRTÉ Television Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time40-50 minutes
Original release
NetworkRTÉ One
Release24 July 2003 (2003-07-24) –
1 September 2005 (2005-09-01)



The first series of Play it Again Des saw Des Cahill in conversation with three special sporting guests. Each of these special guests would highlight their own favourite sporting memory. A clip from archive footage would then be played. For the second series the number of special guests was reduced to two. The first show of the second series, however, saw Eamon Dunphy being interviewed by himself. The last episode of the second series featured no special guests. Instead the public were allowed to vote for their favourite sporting memory. The third and final series followed the same format of the Dunphy programme from the first show of the second series. Now, one special guest highlighted particular moments from their own careers.



First series

Show Date Special guests
1 24 July 2003 Eamon Coghlan, Paul McGrath, Michael Carruth
2 31 July 2003 Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Moss Keane, Joe Kernan
3 7 August 2003 Ken Doherty, Ted Walsh, Ollie Campbell
4 14 August 2003 Seán Boylan, Tracy Piggott, Niall Quinn
5 21 August 2003 Mick O'Dwyer, Brian Kerr, Mick Doyle
6 28 August 2003 Eoin Liston, Nicky English, Liam Griffin
7 4 September 2003 Paddy Cullen, John Treacy, Mary Peters

Second series

Show Date Special guests
1 8 July 2004 Eamon Dunphy
2 15 July 2004 Kevin Moran, Tony Ward
3 22 July 2004 Ger Loughnane, Christy O'Connor Jnr
4 29 July 2004 George Hook, Jack O'Shea
5 5 August 2004 Mick Galwey, Pat Spillane
6 12 August 2004 Dermot Weld, George Hamilton
7 19 August 2004 Colm O'Rourke, Catherina McKiernan
8 26 August 2004

Third series

Show Date Special guest
1 14 July 2005 Ronnie Whelan
2 21 July 2005 Jimmy Barry-Murphy
3 28 July 2005 Johnny Giles
4 4 August 2005 Eddie Keher
5 11 August 2005 Liam Brady
6 18 August 2005 Eamon Coghlan
7 25 August 2005 Tony Hanahoe
8 1 September 2005 Fergus Slattery


  1. ^ "TV Choice", The Irish Times, 24 July 2003.