Former Down goalkeeper Patrick Kielty is to be the new presenter of the Late Late Show it emerged this week.

Kielty will take to the presenters chair at the start of the next the next season.

The comedian and TV presenter from Dundrum, Co Down, becomes the fourth presenter of the long-running chat show when he takes over from Ryan Tubridy.

Tubridy’s final show as host will be next Friday, May 26. It is the final show before the summer and Kielty will assume the role when the show resumes in September.

Kielty confirmed the news on Twitter as RTÉ made its announcement. He also shared a video of a photoshoot he has done with RTÉ with the caption: “Posting this before they change their mind!

A real honour to follow in the footsteps of Gay, Pat and Ryan. Thanks RTÉ for the chance to be a part of the next chapter”.