Tommy Tiernan

Winging It
  • Winging It

  • 'A great read' Brendan O'Connor, RTÉ

    In nearly three decades as a performer, Tommy Tiernan has never wanted to play it safe. So, when it came to doing a chat show, he threw out the rule book: going in blind, not knowing who would turn up.


    It could be a global star, like Adam Clayton, or a statesman like Michael D Higgins, or someone unknown to Tommy (and most of his audience), like autism awareness activist, Ciara-Beth Ni Ghriofa or geneticist Aoife McLysaght. It's high-wire stuff and makes for electrifying viewing. Winging It brings together twenty-one extraordinary interviews from The Tommy Tiernan Show on RTÉ One - a mix of the profound, the profane, the funny and the moving.

    Tommy's belief in honest conversation is at the heart of Winging It. Whether getting to grips with the finer points of boxing with World Champion Kellie Harrington or preserving history with archivist Catriona Crowe. Or talking God with old friend Michael Harding or mental health with Blindboy Boatclub. Or sitting with moments of pain in conversations about grief (Bob Geldof), FGM (Ifrah Ahmed) or drinking (Paul McGrath). It's all about curiosity, bravery and a willingness to listen.

    Winging It includes material that did not make the TV screen and the interviews are as gripping to read as they were to watch.

    'Tiernan is superb at forming a rapport ... Seeing his words written down, reveals a natural instinct for drawing people out' Business Post

For close on three decades Tommy Tiernan - comedian, actor, writer and broadcaster - has been at the heart of Irish life. His live shows and tours are record-breaking box office hits and his acting work includes roles in beloved and iconic TV shows like Father Ted and Derry Girls. Since its launch in 2017 The Tommy Tiernan Show on RTE One has been both critically acclaimed and a consistent ratings topper. He lives in Galway with his family.

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