Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome‘They told us, your Mum was so healthy…it was just so shocking.’

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A year ago this month, Brian Dowling got the shocking news that his mother, Rosie, had died. He was in Los Angeles at the time and faced a long journey home to Rathangan, where he would be told his mother had died of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). Brian sat down with Ray D’Arcy this afternoon –  joined by his sister, …

Harold Huberman‘It’s easy to stay in bed every morning and not get up.’

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Max Maxin is a story about overcoming the odds, achieving the unlikely and finding a place to call home. Based on real events and written by Max’s cousin Harold Huberman, the novel is a testament to tenacity. It details the journey of 12-year-old Max, who fled Poland for England in 1907 to escape religious persecution. Max ultimately walked from Gdansk to Harwich. Joined in studio …

The danger of the online DNA test‘Did they always know and keep it a secret from me?’

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Dani Shapiro’s husband was taking an online DNA test to learn more about his heritage and where he came from. It was a bit of fun. On a whim, Dani did one too. But when she got her results back, an answer to a question she hadn’t asked lay before her: her father was not her biological father. The question …

Denise Welch‘Someone told me once that if I took cocaine, it would help how I was feeling.’

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Denise Welsh has been a staple of Irish and British audiences for decades, known for her work on Coronation Street, Loose Women and most recently, as Celia in the touring production of Calendar Girls: The Musical. Denise sat down with Ray D’Arcy to talk about her career, her family and her experience with depression. Currently in Dublin with Calendar Girls: The Musical, Denise was quick to …

Fake wasabi?‘Most wasabi in the supermarkets, it’s all fake.’

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“Green Gold”. “King of the herbs”. Wasabi, traditionally served with Japanese cuisine, has a lot of nicknames. But according to the first man on the island of Ireland to grow wasabi commercially, Sean Kitson, all may not be as it seems. He joined Ray D’Arcy to give him the lowdown on the most expensive vegetable in the world. How expensive, you may …

‘The more meaningful you believe your life to be, the faster you’ll walk, the stronger your grip will be and the less chronic pain you’ll suffer.’

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Is your life worthwhile? Can being happy make you walk faster? Professor Andrew Steptoe, Head of the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London, set out to answer those questions and more in a study on happiness, conducted as part of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. He joined Ray D’Arcy to talk about his findings. The study, which …

My Groban, My Guinness‘Guinness gives you strength. You know, it’s good for the voice, good for the vocal chords…makes you a little more confident with the high notes too.’

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Actor, singer and songwriter Josh Groban joined Kathryn Thomas on the line on The Ray D’Arcy Show ahead of his 3Arena gig this Sunday to talk about fond memories, a changing fanbase and the health benefits of Guinness. Kathryn asked if Dublin locals might expect to see Josh patronising a pub or two during his visit. And the answer is a resounding yes. After the gig, …