Carer Jane Johnstone“We were already on our knees, being honest, Ray, so there was an awful lot of anxiety as to what restrictions were going to be announced.”

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Back in May, Jane Johnstone, who was taking part in David Brophy’s choir, featured in the TV programme, Unsung Heroes, spoke to Ray D’Arcy about her two sons Evan and Daniel, who both have special needs. Jane has been caring for her sons by herself since her husband, Rod, died six years ago. And Jane spoke to Ray again today. Like most of the country, Jane …

Dawn O'Porter“The more we all share about what this year did to us all, the easier it’s gonna be.”

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Writer Dawn O’Porter needed some persuading to publish her latest book Life in Pieces: Thoughts from a Year that Changed Us, she told Ray D’Arcy. It started as a deeply personal blog, written in lockdown and never intended for wider publication. Dawn says it was her go-to stress relief along with a glass of wine at the end of a busy …

Actor Shaun Williamson“I thought I’d self-educate myself. And when Trivial Pursuit came out in 1985, I was hooked.”

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Shaun Williamson – Barry from EastEnders – has written a book about his journey into the world of quizzing and along the way, he writes about being in the BBC’s uber-soap, what it was like making Extras with Ricky Gervais, acting with David Bowie, and oh yes, he also reveals that he has a long-lost son. It’s like an EastEnders super-celebrity Christmas special. With quizzes. Shaun joined Ray D’Arcy on a dodgy connection on …

The Return of Fair City“Some of the characters have already had Covid-19.”

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The familiar theme tune reverberated around the studio as Ray D’Arcy welcomed two stalwarts of the Fair City cast in for a chat about the show’s long-anticipated return to our screens on Sunday 6 September. Una Crawford-O’Brien (Renee) and Bryan Murray (Bob) have been filming for four weeks now, and Bryan says he’s “delighted” to be back at work. He …

Historic Find at Glencar Lake“It’s just the density of material that’s really unusual.”

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What are the chances that a drought, an archaeologist and a picnic would all collide in the environs of Glencar Lake to reveal a massive haul of artefacts; the likes of which have never been seen in the area before? Well, whatever the chances, it happened; as archaeologist Marion Dowd told Kathryn Thomas on the Ray D’Arcy Show. Speaking on …

Brian Kennedy“It’s bittersweet and it’s wonderful and I feel lucky.”

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Singer Brian Kennedy announced on social media that his latest scan results have given him the all-clear: He is cancer free. There was pure joy in his voice as he confirmed the news to Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show.  Brian says his happiness is mixed with sorrow, as he remembers fellow cancer sufferers who have passed away. After …

Humankind: A Hopeful History“For millennia it was not the smartest, or the nastiest, or the strongest among us who had the kids, but actually the friendliest.”

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There’s a scene in the 1986 film, Hannah and Her Sisters, where Mickey, struggling with an existential crisis, asks his father why there were Nazis. His father replies, “How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don’t even know how the can opener works!” Most of us aren’t qualified to explain why some people do evil things. But we don’t …

Wearing a Face Mask“If two people in a room are wearing face masks, the risk that one will transfer Covid-19 to the other is reduced by 99%.”

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20 million times. What’s the last video you shared that was viewed 20 million times (endlessly pressing refresh on your hilarious skateboarding dog video doesn’t count)? For Irish GP, Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail, the last video of his that’s been viewed 20 million times was one he posted two weeks ago. Maitiú joined Ray D’Arcy on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the unexpected impact of the video he recorded to demonstrate …