Eamon Dunphy“There’s no way, until there is a vaccine, that I could feel comfortable and safe mixing with people who may have the virus.”

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Cocooning is another term – along with social distancing and self-isolating – that’s been introduced or popularised by the Coronavirus pandemic. But the measure, formally introduced by the Taoiseach last Friday, seems to mean different things to different people. Take Eamon Dunphy, for instance. The veteran broadcaster, journalist and podcaster told Ray D’Arcy that he’s cocooning as he’s over 70 …

Bridie Sweeney sings Happy Birthday

Heart-warming Radio“Now wait ‘til I tell you, my great-grandchild is 10 tomorrow in London. If I gave you his name, would you say Happy Birthday.”

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Anxious? Overwhelmed? Perturbed by people’s obsession with toilet roll? Do yourself a favour and take a moment to listen to Tallaght native Bridie Sweeney, who sent her infectious positivity out across the airwaves to us all – and to one person in particular, on today’s Ray D’Arcy Show. Ray has spoken to Bridie before and they’re like old pals at …

Mary O'Rourke“Keep doing normal things. Seeing your children or grandchildren or going out to the pharmacy or the supermarket.”

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Offers to drop off shopping, suggestions of daily visits and soothing words of encouragement were all forthcoming from the staff taking calls at the offices of ALONE earlier today. Ray D’Arcy paid a visit to the service supporting older people, o watch them offering practical help and reassurance over the phone to elderly people and their families, contacting them about …

The psychology of panic buying

The psychology of panic buying“It’s the unnecessary demand that causes the problem, not panic.”

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If you’ve ever tried to buy a sliced pan in a snowstorm or antibacterial gel during a viral outbreak, you know that when the chips hit the pan, we humans have a penchant for panic buying. Professor of Social Psychology Clifford Stott spoke to Ray D’Arcy about what drives us to stockpile in times of perceived threat. Professor Stott began …

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus“We’re going to protect them, but not shield them.”

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As the world continues to get to grips with the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, Ray D’Arcy spoke to Joanna Fortune, author of 15-Minute Parenting, on talking to children about the disease. Joanna’s ideas include informing ourselves of the facts, then providing kids with some context for all the information that’s coming at them. She also suggests involving …

Operation Transformation“He just said, ‘Can you turn around? I’ve one more question to ask you’. And there he was, down on one knee.”

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On Wednesday night on RTÉ One, the grand finale of Operation Transformation is on. But before the leaders appear on telly, they all joined Ray D’Arcy in studio to talk about the ups and downs of life in the spotlight over the past eight weeks. And Ray started with a quip at Tanya, telling her, “It only seems like yesterday …

Changing Gender“There is an increasing gender non-conformity, which is very beneficial for a lot of trans people who are trying to explore themselves.”

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Max Ó Floinn and Victoria van der Speck are a Sligo-based couple in their early 20’s who feature in Tras, part of the documentary series Tabú, due to be broadcast on TG4 on Wednesday. The film is about gender non-conformity, changing gender and the Irish transgender community, with a particular focus on Max and Victoria’s lives as young Irish trans …

Overcoming Sexual Abuse“Every time I’m telling this story – and anybody that has been abused will identify with this – you’re re-living it a little bit.”

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Clare Garda Robin Grace spoke to Ray D’Arcy on Tuesday about a safety app he is developing aimed at young people. It’s designed to provide support and protection to children and young people as they navigate social media. Robin also shared his personal story about coming to terms with the sexual abuse he suffered as a young child, in which, …