Seoige was an Irish television
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 chat show. The show, hosted by sisters Gráinne
Gráinne Seoige
Gráinne Seoige is an Irish television presenter, Gaeilgeoir, and "fashion icon",Gráinne Seoige is one of the few television presenters who has worked for all terrestrial channels in the Republic of Ireland at some point. She has worked as a news anchor on TG4, TV3 and Sky News Ireland...

 and Sile Seoige
Síle Seoige
Síle Seoige is an Irish television presenter and Gaeilgeoir. She is fluent in both Irish and English, and has worked for Raidió Teilifís Éireann and the Irish language station TG4...

, was broadcast live on weekdays at 16:30 on RTÉ One
RTÉ One is the flagship television channel of Raidió Teilifís Éireann , and it is the most popular and most watched television channel in Ireland. It was launched as Telefís Éireann on 31 December 1961, it was renamed RTÉ Television in 1966, and it was renamed as RTÉ One upon the launch of RTÉ...

, with a hiatus in the summer months. Episodes were repeated at 08:20 the following weekday morning on the same channel.

The programme was originally launched in 2006 as Seoige and O'Shea with Grainne Seoige
Gráinne Seoige
Gráinne Seoige is an Irish television presenter, Gaeilgeoir, and "fashion icon",Gráinne Seoige is one of the few television presenters who has worked for all terrestrial channels in the Republic of Ireland at some point. She has worked as a news anchor on TG4, TV3 and Sky News Ireland...

 and Joe O'Shea
Joe O'Shea
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 at the helm. It followed a similar format to ITV
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's This Morning
This Morning (TV series)
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 programme. Moving between serious issues and lighter subjects, content included interviews, debates and musical performances. Viewers could call, text or e-mail the programme's studio to give their opinions on topics. The presenters chatted with four sets of guests, which consisted of interviewees, discussion groups and musical artists.

The show was rebranded Seoige in August 2008 after Joe O'Shea announced he was leaving RTÉ to pursue a career in radio broadcasting.
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 announced on 21 April 2009 that the show would be cancelled and that the last show would air on Friday the 24 April 2009. A new series will not be commissioned for the autumn of 2009.

First series

The first series began on 9 October 2006 and ran until 20 April 2007. In the first series, Seoige and O'Shea ran a short story and photograph competition. The top 14 writers were published in a book entitled Do The Write Thing.

The winner, Ellen McCarthy, from Waterford
Waterford is a city in the South-East Region of Ireland. It is the oldest city in the country and fifth largest by population. Waterford City Council is the local government authority for the city and its immediate hinterland...

 was signed by publishers Poolbeg and her debut novel, Guarding Maggie was released on May 2, 2008. Following superb reaction to Guarding Maggie, Ellen's second novel, Guilt Ridden was released in January 2009.

Second series

The second series began on 1 October 2007 and ran until 18 April 2008. In the second series, the programme took on a new look and added a live studio audience. As part of the new-look series, there were also a number of new features. Relative Values looked at the family life of some of the nation's stars, Home Values showed exclusive peeks into the homes of some of Ireland's celebrities, and Money Matters offered solutions to money worries. There was also a regular travel slot and a weekly feature concerning psychics. There was a daily feature - Talking Point - where social issues were discussed. Following on from the success of the Do the Write Thing competition, Seoige and O'Shea began to host their own book club. On Wednesday, a well-known personality introduced his/her favourite book and was joined by a book club to review the week's chosen books. On Friday, there were musical performances and a preview spot where a panel of previewers inform viewers about the entertainment, music and sport events taking place around the country at the weekend.

Third series

The third series began in October 2008 and saw Sile Seoige replace Joe O'Shea as co-presenter.


Guests on the first two series' of the show include:
  • David Norris, senator
  • Cecelia Ahern
    Cecelia Ahern
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    , author
  • Louis Walsh
    Louis Walsh
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    , music manager
  • Mickey Joe Harte
    Mickey Joe Harte
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    , singer
  • Bosco
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    , children's television presenter
  • Gordon Ramsay
    Gordon Ramsay
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    , chef
  • John Waters
    John Waters (columnist)
    John Waters is a columnist with The Irish Times and a former editor of Magill magazine. His career began in 1981 with the Irish political-music magazine Hot Press. He went on to write for the Sunday Tribune and later edited In Dublin magazine and Magill...

    , journalist
  • Mary O'Rourke
    Mary O'Rourke
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    , TD
  • Mary Harney
    Mary Harney
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    , TD
  • Eddie Hobbs
    Eddie Hobbs
    -Early career:Hobbs worked for Zurich Life 1979 to 1991 and left his position as Marketing Manager to set up a fee-based financial planning company TIPS. In March 1993 Hobbs published a landmark report "Endowment Mortgages The Hometruth" which collapsed sales of endowment homeloans in Ireland by...

    , financial advisor
  • Katy French
    Katy French
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    , model
  • The Wolfe Tones, Irish band
  • Keith Duffy
    Keith Duffy
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    , television personality
  • Joe Duffy
    Joe Duffy
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    , radio personality
  • Brian Ormond, presenter
  • Aidan Power
    Aidan Power
    Aidan Power is an Irish television presenter. He appears from time to time on Raidió Teilifís Éireann .-Career:Power was educated at St. Mac Dara's community college and then Ballyfermot Senior College where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in broadcasting and journalism in 1998...

    , presenter
  • David Mitchell, actor
  • Gerry Ryan
    Gerry Ryan
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    , radio personality
  • Ryan Tubridy
    Ryan Tubridy
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    , presenter
  • Derek Davis
    Derek Davis
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    , television personality
  • Pat Shortt
    Pat Shortt
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    , comedian
  • Eamonn Dunphy, broadcaster
  • Terry Prone, director
  • Mary McEvoy
    Mary McEvoy
    Mary McEvoy is an Irish actress. She is recognised by television viewers for having played the role of Biddy Byrne in Glenroe from 1983-2000...

    , actress


Although Seoige and O'Shea claimed that the programme had proven successful, television ratings show that it has failed to enter the top 20. It launched with 100,000 viewers on 9 October 2006. In April 2008, it pulled in an average viewership of 20-21 percent of the available audience. October 2008 attracted average viewing figures of 112,000 for each episode. In January 2009, the show pulled in an average viewership of 127,000. Critics believed that the show's time slot and topics are responsible for its low viewing figures.


The show's format had been criticised in editorials in both the Irish Independent
Irish Independent
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  and The Sunday Times
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John Meagher asserted that Seoige and O'Shea had no chemistry between them: "Where was the on-screen chemistry, the "telly marriage" that both had talked up so much in the days leading up to the start date?"

Seoige and O'Shea were perceived by John Boland as being unsuited to the field of chat shows, his description of their presentation styles stating: "As they [Seoige and O'Shea] lurched awkwardly from trivial items to serious topics they were nervous and stilted - she as much as he - and nowhere did they convey the ease that would put the make viewer feel at home."

Pat Stacey of the Evening Herald
Evening Herald
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 had asserted that Sile and Grainne had no chemistry between them.

Jade Goody
Jade Goody
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's agent Max Clifford
Max Clifford
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had criticised Sile and Grainne for their "aggressive" interview concerning Jade.

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