Adam Kay

Adam Kay“We all like disgusting stories about objects in orifices.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Comedian, writer and one-time obstetrician, Adam Kay, sold 1.5 million copies of his debut book, This Is Going To Hurt. Drawing on the diaries he penned while working as a junior doctor, the book was celebrated for being funny and poignant, insightful and incisive. It’s no surprise then that he returned to these diaries for his second book, ‘Twas The Nightshift …

Jamie Heaslip

Jamie Heaslip“This team can do it.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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As Ireland prepare to take on the All-Blacks at the Rugby World Cup this weekend, one man who knows just what it feels like to beat them won’t be on the pitch, but rather in studio analysing their performance. Jamie Heaslip joined Ray D’Arcy to discuss his time in the green jersey, the injury that ended his career and his …

Julie Andrews“I’d been recommended to him and he just made up his mind then and there that he was going to ask me.”

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Ray D’Arcy grew up watching Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music and listening to their soundtrack albums over and over again. So when he tells Dame Julie Andrews that it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be talking to her, it’s no surprise that he sounds thoroughly sincere. But why wouldn’t he? She is, after all, practically perfect in …

Brendan Grace

Bradley Grace“I kept hearing his voice – knowing he wasn’t there was heartbreaking.”

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Of the many things Bradley Grace misses about his dad Brendan, the hand-written cards come close to top of the list. Particularly if there was a melted Crunchie bar or a lottery ticket stashed in the envelope. That was one of his dad’s signature moves, as Bradley told Ray D’Arcy. The man who brought us the characters Bottler Murphy and …

Alain De Botton“Love isn’t just an emotion, it’s a skill.”

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Affairs are not really about sex. Not according to best-selling author and philosopher, Alain De Botton.  He covered everything from libido and friendship, identity and Instagram in a chat with Ray D’Arcy today. De Botton is the founder of The School of Life, an organisation that aims to help people live more fulfilled lives, starting with getting to know themselves better. …

Christina Patterson“The implication is that you’ve somehow failed as a woman.”

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At 55, Christina Patterson no longer dwells on the fact that she has no children, but she does have some regrets about the amount of time she spent thinking about it. Ray D’Arcy chatted to the journalist and broadcaster about a recent article entitled ‘Life without children can be rewarding’. They began by talking about the word ‘childless’ itself, which Christina …

Kathryn Thomas and Ray D'Arcy

Kathryn Thomas“I love looking at the back of a bride’s dress”

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Life is full for Kathryn Thomas right now and she’s loving it. Just three weeks after her festival-style wedding, where she danced for three whole days and then ate her own body weight in pizza on her Italian honeymoon, the busy presenter, fitness coach and mum to 18-month old Ellie has just been nominated Carlow Person of the Year. Kathryn’s …

Gray Cahill believes in preparing for death

Preparing for death“This is the funnest conversation about death I’ve ever had.”

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Two women dropped in to Ray D’Arcy for a chat about death. There was plenty of laughing, and only some of it was nervous and awkward. At one point Ray declared: “This is the funnest conversation about death I’ve ever had.” And he sounded like he meant it. In studio today were Gray Cahill and Rebecca Lloyd, Public Engagement Officer …