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The story of how Muhammad Ali ended up fighting in Croke Park in 1972 is told in When Ali Came to Ireland on New Year's Day, 6.30pm. (Seen here with filmmaker John Huston in Dublin who came to Dublin to see the fight). AP Photo/Bob Dear
Christmas telly

Here's what's on RTÉ this Christmas...

… and New Year.

WE WON’T BEAT around the holly bush on this one. You want to know what’s on De Telly (well, RTÉ 1 and 2) this Christmas?

Here you go:


  • It’s Complicated
  • Up
  • Avatar
  • Leap Year
  • Salt
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (this and the following two are the original Swedish versions)
  • The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • The Social Network
  • Four Christmases
  • Tangled
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Waltz With Bashir
  • The Secret of Kells

Classic/children’s movies

  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Scrooged
  • A Golden Christmas
  • Christmas Cupid
  • Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause
  • Joyeux Noel
  • Christmas Mail
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Wish List
  • Home Alone
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Back To The Future
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • North by Northwest
  • The Seven Year Itch
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • A Time to Kill
  • Notorious
  • Sense & Sensibility
  • The Sound of Music
  • Happy Feet
  • The Princess and The Frog
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Wallace & Gromit
  • Monsters vs Aliens

Sort of* classic movies (*some, we fear, may not stand the test of time)

  • Walk The LIne
  • 2012
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Family Stone
  • Duplicity
  • About A Boy
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control
  • Assault of Precinct 13
  • Indiana Jones &The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull
  • I Love You Man
  • Blades of Glory
  • Inglorious Basterds Fight Club

Christmas specials

  • Mrs Brown’s Boys
  • School Around The Corner (hosted by Ray D’Arcy)
  • The Great Big Surprise Party (with PJ Gallagher)
  • TV50: Nighthawks Rehashed
  • I’ve Got Your Back (with Brian Dowling – a pilot for a family game show)
  • Immaturity for Charity – sketch show to raise money for St Francis’s Hospice, Raheny – starring Domhnall Gleeson, Amy Huberman, Robbie Sheehan, Hugh O’Conor, Brian Gleeson, David Wilmot and more
  • Local Heroes Christmas Special (with Joe Duffy)
  • The Zoo: A Christmas Special
  • Room to Improve Christmas Special – making an outdoor space for children and families at the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght
  • RTÉ News Review of the Year
  • Behind Closed Doors – 1982… fave David McCullagh presents the secret Government papers which are released to the media after 30 years in storage.
  • news2day Review of the Year
  • Carols from the Castle (with another fave Mary Kennedy)
  • OMG Jedward’s Dream Factory
  • Christmas Special Beo Show
  • Fair City – hour-long special on Christmas Day, natch.

New Year

The Gathering 2013 special with Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ One, John Creedon on RTÉ Radio 1 and streamed live on RTÉ.ie, all live from College Green in Dublin.

Imelda May and Bell X1 will headline and there will be a “People’s Procession of Light” and the “Big Bang Fireworks Spectacular”. Miriam O’Callaghan said:

It’s really fitting as The Gathering Ireland 2013 is launched that viewers and listeners around the country and more importantly around the world, will be able to join us as we ring in the New Year.


  • When Ali Came to Ireland – special New Year’s Eve doc to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Ali taking on Al ‘Blue’ Lewis in Dublin’s Croke Park in 1972, including interviews with Lewis and most of those involved in the event at the time.
  • Space Dive: The Story of One Man’s Leap, featuring one Felix Baumgarten.
  • Louis Theroux Does Porn.
  • Coal, Frankenstein & Mirror – the build-up to four Nativity plays in four schools around the country.
  • First – following 12 different athletes from 12 different countries taking their place at London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Jimmy’s Winnin’ Matches – the rise of the Donegal football team this year
  • Joe Dolan – Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller
  • The Magic Circus Show – follows three Irish children as they prepare to take part in the prestigious The Magic Circus Show in Geneva


  • Rory McIlroy: The Interview – with RTÉ Sport’s Greg Allen
  • RTÉ Sports Awards
  • Euro 2012: The Score – the summer soccer tournament through the eyes of fans and players
  • Racing from Leopardstown
  • RaboDirect PRO12
  • Premier Soccer Saturday


  • Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle
  • Mumford & Sons Road to Redrocks
  • Stepping Out With Katherine Jenkins
  • For One Night Only (with Sharon Shannon)
  • Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays


Rachel Allen Christmas Cake Diaries

Donal Skehan’s Kitchen Hero Christmas Special

Kevin Dundon’s Christmas Made Easy

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