Boys Are Back In Town: ‘The Young Offenders’ Season 2 Starts Tonight


The much anticipated return of The Young Offenders hits our screens TONIGHT on RTE 2 at 930pm.

The popular show charts the adventures of young Corkonians Jock O’Keeffe and Conor McSweeney along with Conor’s mother and Jock’s guardian, Mairead, who we caught up with to find out what to expect in Season 2:

The Young Offenders racked in almost 300,000 viewers last year on the first episode of the first season which was  a spin-off on the hugely successful The Young Offenders film which was released back in 2016.

Directed by Peter Foott, the movie was the fastest Irish film to reach the one-million-euro mark in the Irish box office. The film followed Conor and Jack as they cycled all the way to the coast of Kerry to steal a shipwrecked bag of cocaine worth over seven million euro.

The second series of The Young Offenders brings back all the characters that have become so beloved by audiences including Conor and Jock (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley); Mairéad (Hilary Rose); Principal Walsh and his wife Orla along with their two daughters Linda and Siobhán (PJ Gallagher, Orla Fitzgerald, Demi Isaac Oviawe and Jennifer Barry); Sergeant Healy (Dominic McHale) and of course Billy Murphy (Shane Casey).

In episode one of the new season, Jock misses the first scan of his and Siobhan’s baby, so her parents come up with a plan to adopt the child. The suggestion doesn’t go down well with anyone, so to test Jock’s ability to look after a child, Principal Walsh challenges him to take care of an egg for a full month – without losing or breaking it.

Roy Keane has also made an appearance on the hit comedy series. Cork’s most famous son teamed up with the city’s most well-known TV show for an upcoming episode inspired by Roddy Doyle’s The Van and was even decked out in a Cork City scarf.