RTÉ One has announced a line-up of New Year’s Eve programming that will feature music, comedy and chat to welcome 2021.

“Soundtrack to My Life”, presented by Nicky Byrne will showcase one of Ireland’s greatest bands, Kodaline, that with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will perform some of their greatest hits. They will also invite special guests along such as Loah and Jack L, to perform songs that have influenced the band in their career and life. All of this will be backed by the incredible sound of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. 


After “Soundtrack To My Life”, the presenters Kathryn Thomas and Deirdre O’ Kane will front a celebration of homegrown talent from Dublin’s famed Gaiety Theatre this New Year’s Eve, as they’re joined by some of Ireland’s most talented musicians and comedians to bid farewell to an unforgettable year and ring in a more hopeful 2021.

Among the talented guests are Sharon Shannon and her band, Jerry Fish, Mundy, Mary Coughlan will perform a special duet with Brian Kennedy, a Riverdance very special performance for viewers at home. Waterford Whispers News will feature sketches with Aengus Mac Grianna and Pat Shortt will be joined by his daughter Faye for a special comedy sketch.

Kathryn and Deirdre will also be catching up with comedian Jason Byrne, RTÉ’s GAA Correspondent Marty Morrissey, Senator Lynn Ruane, and RTÉ Radio 1 presenter Sarah McInerney. They will talk about how this year will go down in history and their wishes for 2021. 

Catch up on:

“Soundtrack To My Life” airs on Thursday, December 31 at 21:45 on RTÉ One. 

“NYE Countdown Show” which begins live at 22.45 on Thursday, December 31 on RTÉ One.