The Rose of Tralee“When is a celebration of Irish women out of date? Never.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Seven away from Gay. One of the numbers on Dáithí Ó Sé’s mind as he chatted to Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday, along with thirty-two, the number of contestants competing for the title of this year’s Rose of Tralee. It’s Dáithí’s tenth year presenting, as he told former Rose of Tralee host Ray today. He’s long passed out D’Arcy’s five years hosting the event, but Dáithí …

Bus Driving“It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Rally driver Rosemary Smith was quick to take issue with Ray D’Arcy’s description of Jennifer Dixon as a female bus driver. “Ray, she’s a bus driver. That’s it. I’m a driver, I’m a rally driver. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female.” Ray’s defence was the fact that Dublin Bus are actively looking to recruit more women to join …

The Skin Nerd“It can be so simple – skincare doesn’t have to be this minefield.”

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Whether you’re a decent one, have a thick one or some in the game, skin is something we all have in common. The human body’s largest organ, our skin protects us, helps us to regulate our body temperature and allows us to feel all sorts of sensations … but we don’t always treat it with the care it deserves. Epidermis …

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 …