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 (2007–2008)
Country of originIreland
Original languageEnglish
Running time30 minutes
Original release
NetworkRTÉ Two
Release2004 (2004) –
2 April 2010 (2010-04-02)

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 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 transmission Guests Artist Song Details
26 January 2006 Gail Kaneswaren, Críona Grant and Andrea Roche, Bernard Dunne, Keith Duffy Turn "It's All About Nothing" Details
2 February 2006 Kerry Katona, Ruaidhri Conroy, Paul Williams The Marshals "Make Her Cry" Details
9 February 2006 Michelle Heaton and Andy Scott-Lee, Alan Quinlan and Frankie Sheahan Ham Sandwich "This Screaming Silence" Details
16 February 2006 Adam Woodyatt, Gemma Hayes, Anna Nolan Gemma Hayes "Undercover" Details
23 February 2006 David Mitchell and Tony Fenton, You're a Star Leanne Harte "Hard to Grasp" Details
2 March 2006 Linda Martin and Brian Ormond, Nicholas Hoult George Murphy "Something Outta Nothing" Details
9 March 2006 Marty Whelan, Ruaidhri Conroy, Aoife Ní Thuairisg Stoat "Acunamanacana" Details
16 March 2006 Lake Highland Highlandettes, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Ronnie Drew Luan Parle "Failed Romances" Details
23 March 2006 Lucy Kennedy, Michael McElhatton and Tito Long The Answer "Never Too Late" Details
30 March 2006 Michael Carruth and Emma O'Driscoll, Richie Kavanagh, Larry Gogan Prison Love Details
6 April 2006 Journey South, Katie Melua, Louis Walsh Katie Melua "Spiders Web" Details
20 April 2006 Gordon D'Arcy, Damien Dempsey, Liz Bonnin Damien Dempsey "Party On" Details
Exam specials
Date of transmission Guests Artist Song Details
7 June 2006 Ray D'Arcy, Jason Byrne,1 Aslan Aslan "Lucy Jones Part 2" and "Different Man" Details
8 June 2006 Triniti, Jason Byrne, Fiona Looney and Deirdre O'Kane Triniti and Delorentos "Rose on Water" and "Leave It On" Details
9 June 2006 Tom Dunne, Jason Byrne, Pamela Flood O'Sullivan Brothers "High" Details
12 June 2006 Matt Willis, Jack L, Jason Byrne, Paul Byrom The Saw Doctors "Your Guitar" Details
13 June 2006 John Maguire, Jason Byrne, Denis Irwin Republic 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 transmission Guests Artist Song Details
28 September 2006 Spiral, Bernard O'Shea, Sinéad Beirne Spiral "So Sexy" Details
5 October 2006 Oliver Callan, Mickey Harte, Bubble Hits (James Hyland and Lee Walsh) Mickey Harte "Can't Let Go" Details
12 October 2006 Mr. Ireland (Simon Hales), Rasher In-Flight Safety "Surround" Details
19 October 2006 Brent Pope, Bernard O'Shea, Mark Pollock Director "Come with a Friend" Details
26 October 2006 Bronagh Gallagher, Oliver Callan, Irish Ghostbusters Nylon "Closer" Details
2 November 2006 Oliver Callan, Jimmy Magee, Jack Wise Superjimenez "Helicopters" Details
9 November 2006 Oliver Callan, Joe Duffy, Tadhg Kennelly Messiah J & The Expert "Something Outta Nothing" Details
16 November 2006 Fitzy, Karl Spain, Oliver Callan, GP Taylor The Frank and Walters "Miles and Miles" Details
23 November 2006 TJ and TJ, Fair City's Barry, Jo and Heather (Patrick David Nolan, Rachel Sarah Murphy and Una Kavanagh), Kieran Donaghy and Aidan O'Mahony Republic of Loose "The Idiots" Details
30 November 2006 Jason Byrne, Robin Cousins Neosupervital "Now That I Found It" Details
7 December 2006 Gary Cooke, Oliver Callan, Bryan Dobson Fionn Regan "Put a Penny in the Slot" Details
14 (17?) December 2006 Maeve Higgins, Jack Wise, PJ Gallagher The Charlatans and Jake Stevens "Blackened Blue Eyes" and
"Merry Christmas Jakey Boy"
21 December 2006 Fran Cosgrave, Oliver Callan, Keith Barry The Blizzards "Fantasy" Details
1 January 2007 Oliver Callan as Joe Duffy in an end of year Top 10 review Details
18 January 2007 Ryan Tubridy, Oliver Callan, Dave Coffey David Kitt "One Clear Way" Details
25 January 2007 Bill O'Herlihy, Oliver Callan, Ben Ramazani Mista.BNG and Boss Volenti "Stronger Than Before"
and "The Gun"
1 February 2007 Briain Gleeson and Charlene Gleeson and Tara Leinston (Trouble in Paradise), Oliver Callan, Eamon Horan and Brendan Fanning The Coronas "Decision Time" Details
8 February 2007 Derval O'Rourke, Oliver Callan, Blind Date Vyvienne Long "She Wants to Move" Details
15 February 2007 Blind Date Catch Up, Dáithí Ó Sé, TJ and TJ, Monica Loughman Luan Parle "Make It on My Own" Details
22 February 2007 Oliver Callan, Keith Duffy and Brian Ormond, TJ and TJ, Paul Howard My Alamo "1994" Details
1 March 2007 Louis Walsh, Kevin J Ryan, Bernard O'Shea, Manchán Magan Delorentos "Basis of Everything" Details
8 March 2007 Colm & Jim-Jim, Oliver Callan, Baz/Michael/Mark (How Low Can You Go?) Iain Archer "Minus Ten" Details
15 March 2007 James Alexandrou, TJ and TJ, Oliver Callan, You're a Star Royseven "Crash" Details
22 March 2007 Caroline Morahan, TJ and TJ, Raj Khan, Oliver Callan, Gavin McConnon and Emmet O'Brien The Cooper Temple Clause "Waiting Game" Details
29 March 2007 Lucy Kennedy, Bernard O'Shea, George McMahon, Oliver Callan, Gavin McConnon and Emmet O'Brien J-90 "Freak" Details
12 April 2007 Ken Doherty, Oliver Callan, Bernard Dunne Discovery Gospel Choir and The Rags "I Still Haven't Found
What I'm Looking For
and "Monsters & I"
19 April 2007 Brian McFadden, Oliver Callan, Don Wycherley Brian 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 transmission Guests Artist Song Details
3 June 2007 The 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 2007 The 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 2007 The 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 2007 The 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 2007 The 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 2007 The 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 transmission Guests Artist Song Details
27 September 2007 Caroline Morahan and Pamela Flood (Off the Rails), Fran Dempsey (Fortycoats), Tom McGurk The Radio "Manmade" Details
4 October 2007 Ziggy Lichman and Carole Vincent (Big Brother 8) Carole and Duke Special "Stairway to Heaven" and
"Our Love Goes Deeper Than This"
11 October 2007 Joe O'Shea, Mary Fitzgerald Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" Details
18 October 2007 Brian Belo, Orlaith McAllister Messiah J and the Expert "Super Famous Super Tune" Details
25 October 2007 Keith Barry, Brian Dowling The Flaws "You & I" Details
1 November 2007 Daithí O'Sé and Michael Healy-Rae, Tabby Callaghan The Mitchell Brothers "Michael Jackson" Details
8 November 2007 Sinéad Moynihan and Anthony Quinlan (Hollyoaks), Evanne Ní Chuilinn Declan O'Rourke "Whatever Else Happens" Details
22 November 2007 Brian Ormond, Jimmy Magee Republic of Loose "Break" Details
29 November 2007 Mario Rosenstock, Dave Duffy and Jenny Kavanagh (Fair City) Dry County "Another Idea" Details
6 December 2007 Andrew Maxwell, Damian Clark and Andrew Stanley (I Dare Ya) Ash "You Can't Have It All" Details
13 December 2007 Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Derek Mooney (Echo Island), Oliver Callan East 17 "Stay Another Day" Details
20 December 2007 Dean Gaffney, GAA All Stars, Mary Fitzgerald and Kathryn McKiernan, Six members GAA All Stars "Over the Rooftops" Details
10 January 2008 Rachel Allen, Rhino and Jet (Gladiators) Smoke Feathers [15]
17 January 2008 Charley Boorman, Katherine Lynch Super Extra Bonus Party "Favourite Things" Details
24 January 2008 Keith Duffy/Michelle Heaton/Brendan O'Connor (You're a Star), Hope Hope/Juno Falls "Umbrella"/"This Song is Your Own" Details
31 January 2008 Louis Walsh, Ryle Nugent and Reggie Corrigan Kano "Feel Free" Details
7 February 2008 Susan McFadden, Matt Littler and Darren Jon-Jeffries (Hollyoaks) Jenny Lindfors "Timewarp" Details
14 February 2008 Brendan Cole, Holly Brisley David Geraghty "Kaleidoscope" Details
21 February 2008 Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson (Five), Michael Winslow Seasick Steve "Cut My Wings" Details
28 February 2008 Sinead Kennedy, Chico Paddy Casey "Not Out to Get You" Details
6 March 2008 Eoghan Harris and Tom Ó Brannagáin (Glas Vegas), Timmy Mallett and Pippa O'Connor/Rosanna Davison Noise Control "We Like Music" Details
13 March 2008 Kathryn Thomas, Krump Dancers, Chris Doran, You're a Star finalists Details
27 March 2008 Francesca Martinez, Gordon D'Arcy and Paul Howard Autamata "What You All About?" Details
4 April 2008 Mike Bailey/Larissa Wilson/Daniel Kaluuya (Skins), Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (Celebrity Bainisteoir) Nizlopi "Start Beginning" Details
11 April 2008 Shayne Ward, Matt Di Angelo, Mikey Graham and Joe McKinney (Hollywood Trials), Dustin the Turkey Shayne 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 transmission Guests Artist Song Details
29 June 2008 The Café Select 1 with Louis Walsh, Holly Brisley, the Hollyoaks Boys, Brian Belo Republic of Loose/Seasick Steve Details
6 July 2008 The Café Select 2 with Matt Di Angelo, Six, Keith Barry, Duke Special and the Mitchell Brothers Details
13 July 2008 The Café Select 3 with Dean Gaffney, Francesca Martinez, East 17 and Shayne Ward Details
20 July 2008 The Café Select 4 with Andrew Maxwell, Declan O'Rourke, the boys from Hollyoaks and Dan le Sac Details
27 July 2008 The Café Select 5 with Rachel Allen, Brian Dowling, Paul Howard, Gordon D'Arcy and others Paddy Casey Details
3 August 2008 The Café Select 6 with Kathryn Thomas, Timmy Mallett, Michael Winslow, Mikey Graham Hope/ Super Extra Bonus Party Details

Season five


For season five, Aidan Power's co-presenter Liam McCormack left for pastures new and wasn't replaced 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 transmission Guests Artist Song Details
25 September 2008 Brendan Courtney, Gemma Bissix Republic of Loose "The Ritual" Details
2 October 2008 Kenny Egan, Cadbury's gorilla, Charlene McKenna and Liam Garrigan (Raw) Mundy "January is Blue" [16]
9 October 2008 Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham, Nam the Man, Amy Huberman The Flaws "Idolise" Details
16 October 2008 Gráinne and Síle Seoige, Mohammed George Fight Like Apes "Jake Summers" Details
30 October 2008 George Lee, Lucy Kennedy Dirty Epics "Way Too Pretty" [17]
7 November 2008 Simon Delaney, Paddy Courtney The Saw Doctors "About You Now" Details
14 November 2008 Hilda Fay, John Bishop Ham Sandwich "Broken Glass" Details
21 November 2008 Colm & Jim-Jim, Dan O'Connor The Blizzards "The Reason" [21]
28 November 2008 Pat Kenny, Oliver Callan General Fiasco "Rebel Get By" [18]
5 December 2008 Andrew Maxwell, Susan McFadden Keywest "Damn" Details
12 December 2008 Jason Byrne, Rosanna Davison The Coronas "San Diego Song"/"Heroes or Ghosts" Details
19 December 2008 Louis Walsh, Vanessa Feltz Boogie Nights "Merry Xmas Everybody" [22]
9 January 2009 The Cheeky Girls, Andrew Stanley and Damian Clark Aslan "Crazy World"/"Jealous Little Thing" Details
16 January 2009 Daithí Ó Sé, Nicola McLean The Kinetiks "Lightbulb" Details
23 January 2009 George McMahon, Bernard O'Shea and Laura Way Pony Club "Diplomat" Details
30 January 2009 Michelle Heaton, Amanda Byram Fred "The Lights" Details
6 February 2009 Denis Hickie, Sarah Morrissey/Pippa O'Connor/Jenny Lee Masterson Noise Control "Addiction" Details
13 February 2009 Glen Wallace and Jennifer Metcalfe (Hollyoaks), Caroline Morahan Jack L Details
20 February 2009 Samanda, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh Cowboy X "Break Me" Details
27 February 2009 PJ Gallagher, Tom McGurk Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy/Joe Echo "Et Cetera"/"If I Were a Boy" Details
6 March 2009 Jason Byrne, Donna and Joseph McCaul N-Dubz/Ham Sandwich "Click... Click... Boom!!!" (as Gaeilge) Details
13 March 2009 Aidan Bishop, Nicky Hambleton-Jones The Blizzards/The Infomatics "Postcards"/"Rave Up" Details
20 March 2009 Ryle Nugent, Lisa Rogers Super Extra Bonus Party "Tea with Lord Haw Haw" Details
27 March 2009 Eamon Dunphy, John Bishop Louis Walsh girlband/Republic of Loose Details

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]


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  22. ^ 19 December 2008. RTÉ. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
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