A gala RTÉ 2 opening Show, live from Cork Opera House, starring top international performers and personalties, many of whom will be making regular appearances on the new channel.

Compere Mike Murphy presents THe Chieftains, Gemma Craven, Val Doonican, The George May Dancers, The Irish Ballet Company, The Montfort Singers, John O'Conor, Maureen Potter, Roy Walker, Colm C T Wilkinson and Lena Zavaroni.

RTÉ 2 Launches 1978