Operation Transformation's Lorraine O’Neill“I think I have a mind block about pushing myself in exercise.”

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Most hairdressers have heard it all before, but Ray D’Arcy managed to surprise Lorraine O’Neill today when he told her that the Cavan word “foosie” was in the Collins English Dictionary. For real. Well, it’s on probation, but it’s there. The salon owner and Operation Transformation 2020 leader let the word drop a few times in her chat with Ray before …

Love Island's Greg O'Shea“I’ve missed out on a good chunk of money, but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.”

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Last year’s Love Island winner Greg O’Shea told Ray D’Arcy this afternoon that he doesn’t know when the next Irish bombshell will be landing on the Island, but he did say he thinks they are on the hunt for Irish candidates, judging by the amount of people who have got in touch with him for advice on how to clinch …

Funeral Director David McGowan“Why wouldn’t you bring a kid to a funeral? A four-year old child has the capacity to learn four languages.”

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When it comes to burying our dead, we Irish have moved with the times in some ways but have held fast to tradition in others. That’s according to Sligo funeral director David McGowan, who spoke at length to Ray D’Arcy today about his 40-year career as a funeral director. David says that in Ireland, most families who traditionally waked loved …

Úna-Minh Kavanagh“I have no time for negativity because I feel that it’s a waste of energy.”

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Some people speak with a smile in their voice and Úna-Minh Kavanagh is surely one of them. The microphone picks it up; it’s unmistakable. The airwaves sang with positivity today as she told Ray D’Arcy: “I have no time for negativity because I feel that it’s a waste of energy.” Hardly surprising after a childhood in Kerry, that most Instagrammable …

The Skin Nerd

The Skin Nerd“It’s equally as important to protect against the harsh elements as it is against the sun.”

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Is it even Christmas if you haven’t been both skinned and baked alive in the space of an afternoon? A combination of fierce winter winds followed by blasts of central heating set to tropical, takes its toll on our skin. Add to that a sharp rise in our sugar and alcohol intake and it’s no wonder many of us are …

“Physically after the last one I decided that you have to have a point where you self-preserve.”

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Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley explained to Ray D’Arcy today why she chose to voice some of her most personal thoughts in public, charting the course of events she and her husband have followed over a two-year period.  Sarah-Anne recently wrote a piece in The Irish Times about living with the loss of successive miscarriages and the arc of the emotional journey: “Getting upset is …

Wonder Walls“I am lucky that I get to create work that brings that conversation to people in an important and sometimes, in a beautiful way.”

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Ray D’Arcy spoke to street artist Joe Caslin ahead of the broadcast of a new documentary on RTÉ2, Wonder Walls: The Story of Irish Street Art. Joe is one of the people whose work has been shaping the debate and conversation  on some of the big social issues of recent times. Joe filled Ray in on his background. He studied glass-blowing, but …

Cervical Check“I didn’t want to go on national television and tell the women of Ireland that I’ve no confidence in this report, but I couldn’t stand behind it either and tell them I have faith in it.”

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Cervical cancer survivor and patient advocate Lorraine Walsh spoke with Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday afternoon via the RTÉ Galway studio. On the day before, Lorraine announced her resignation as one of the patient representatives on the Cervical Check Steering committee. She told Ray how she was feeling 24 hours later: “I’m heartbroken, Ray. To be quite honest with you, I didn’t want …