Claire Balding“I really found that no-one around me worth their salt cares whether I have hair or not.”

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Claire Fullam – better known as Claire Balding on Instagram – dropped in with her husband Ian for a chat with Kathryn Thomas on the Ray D’Arcy show  to update listeners on her hair. And no, this wasn’t an item about the dash to secure a rare post-Covid salon appointment. Claire’s hair became an issue for her back in 2016, when …

Ellie Kisyombe“I am very angry. I am very confused.”

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The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has reverberated across the US and the story of the protests that followed the killing has dominated the news cycle for the past few days. On Tuesday’s Ray D’Arcy Show, writer and activist Ellie Kisyombe spoke about her experience as a black woman living in Ireland, the death of George Floyd …

Tori Amos“I’d be playing The Doors in between Mozart and disguising it so my father wouldn’t know that I was completely corrupt at 8.”

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Erstwhile Kinsale resident Tori Amos spoke to Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday from a recording studio in a barn about her new memoir, Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change and Courage. The book details the remarkable things that happened in Amos’s life, beginning with being expelled at 13 from the conservatory she’d been in since age 5. This prompted her …

Author Louise Nealon“I always felt like I was kind of feeling around in the dark trying to manage my mental illness.”

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Cappagh GAA club in Co Kildare boasts a young author among its ranks. Louise Nealon (for it is she) has recently signed a book deal for her début novel, Snowflake, which will be published next year. Louise spoke to fellow-Kildare person Ray D’Arcy on Tuesday about her book deal, how people with mental illness are failed by the system and …

The Goalkeeper from Normal People“I’d to let it in past me, but make sure to make it look like I was making an effort to go for the ball.”

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The phenomenon that is Normal People keeps rolling on. If you’ve read Sally Rooney’s award-winning book, if you’ve watched the acclaimed show, if you’re on board with Connell’s chain having its own social media accounts, what more can this remarkable drama do for you? Well, how about some sporting controversy? Imagine you’re a young lad doing well on the GAA …

Irish Eurovision Winners“People need music more than ever now.”

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Calling in from their homes across the world from Sydney to Switzerland, six Irish Eurovision winners joined Ray D’Arcy on Friday afternoon: Dana, Linda Martin, Eimear Quinn, Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan. It had all the chaos, in-jokes and random interruptions of a late-night Zoom chat with your closest friends and Ray let the performers catch up and …

A Better Life for Livie“Some of the mothers that have had their children treated with the Zolgensma have seen incredible results.”

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It’s known as the most expensive drug in the world, costing €2m for a single dose. It’s used to treat a rare genetic neuromuscular condition called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1. It’s called Zolgensma and Karen Vickers told Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday that her 8 month old daughter Livie, who has SMA, needs the drug to ensure her quality …

Sophie Ellis Bextor“I thought, why not? Let’s have a little party, a little family party and see what happens.”

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Sophie Ellis Bextor is taking it handy with the whole ‘home-schooling’ thing. She fessed up on Thursday’s Ray D’Arcy Show, during their chat about her weekly Instagram Live show Sophie’s Kitchen Disco. The singer is in lockdown at home with her husband and their five boys aged between 1 and 16. The family began isolating on doctor’s recommendation a whole week …