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Objection Grieving dad Andrew McGinley dropped from Late Late Show at last minute

RTÉ told him it got letter objecting to his appearance "as it could be too painful"

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Andrew McGinley with his children

Andrew McGinley with his children

Andrew McGinley with his children

Grieving father Andrew McGinley was dropped from RTÉ’s Late Late Show line-up after the broadcaster received correspondence objecting to his appearance.

The father of three was due to appear on the primetime TV show on October 8 to announce plans for a fundraising concert in his children’s memory. It was hoped the high-profile slot would help raise funds for the As Darragh Did charity established after the children’s deaths.

However, just hours before the show was to air, he announced he would not be appearing.

In response to queries on the issue, Mr McGinley told the Irish Independent: “I was informed by RTÉ that they had received a letter which said that it could be a painful and traumatic experience to see me talking about Conor, Darragh and Carla on the Late Late Show.

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Andrew McGinley and wife Deirdre with children Conor, Darragh and Carla

Andrew McGinley and wife Deirdre with children Conor, Darragh and Carla

Andrew McGinley and wife Deirdre with children Conor, Darragh and Carla


“Many people who knew the children well were looking forward to the show, especially many of the kids’ friends who were being allowed to stay up to watch them being talked about with Ryan.

“I would have been conscious of that but I only speak with love when I talk about Conor, Darragh and Carla.”

When contacted by the Irish Independent, RTÉ declined to comment on the circumstances behind the decision to drop him from the advertised line-up. A spokesperson also declined to say if and when Mr McGinley would be rescheduled to appear.

RTÉ had sent out a press release the day before the programme highlighting him as a guest alongside Peter Schmeichel, Rosanna Davison and Ruth Negga.

It has been more than 18 months since the deaths of Conor, Darragh and Carla. In May, their mother Deirdre Morley was found not guilty of their murders by reason of insanity and committed to the Central Mental Hospital.

Since then, Andrew has been campaigning tirelessly for greater inclusion for families in the mental health treatment of loved ones. At the same time, he has been working on his charity efforts in memory of his three children. “I would be eaten up by what happened if it wasn’t for the projects for the children,” he said.

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Tragic siblings Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley at play

Tragic siblings Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley at play

Tragic siblings Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley at play


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“Lately a few people have asked, does it make you happy? I thought about it, and it fills me with so much love that it lifts me. It’s as good as happiness or joy. I wouldn’t call it that though, it’s love.

“Am I angry? Yes, I am angry. But I don’t think anger will get me anywhere and I know the kids wouldn’t want me to be angry. I don’t want to be angry. For me, I just want that this never happens again.”

As Darragh Did is a charity set up in memory of his son Darragh (7), who was involved in a number of local activities, such as Rathcoole Boys, St Marys GAA in Saggart and Commercials Hurling. The charity is seeking to fund local clubs, societies, groups and projects with a donation to be used to encourage participation.

Andrew set up Conor’s Clips on YouTube to fulfil his eldest son Conor’s (9) dream of having his own YouTube channel.

Carla (3), his daughter, wanted to build a snowman, but because it doesn’t snow every year in Ireland, her father is organising a poster-colouring competition in her name – Snowman for Carla. It launched earlier this month in the Irish Independent.

Deirdre Morley took the lives of the three children on January 24, 2020, at their home in Newcastle, Co Dublin.

Her trial heard she had suffered from mental health difficulties for several years.

Ms Morley had a long history of depression and her condition had escalated to delusion and psychosis by the time she killed the children.

However, the court heard she hid the severity of her condition from those closest to her.

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