Dr Dance“There’s no such thing as you can’t dance. Humans are born to dance.”

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When we see tiny babies responding to music and wiggling to a beat before they can stand, we are looking at proof that human beings are born to dance. That’s according to Dr Peter Lovatt (also known as ‘Dr Dance’), who spoke to Ray D’Arcy about his research into the psychology of dance and the amazing benefits that can be …

Dr Marie Cassidy“For 40 years I’ve just spent my life with the dead.”

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It probably says a lot about a nation when the person tasked with investigating the cause of violent deaths becomes something of a household name. Or maybe it’s just another indication of our fascination with true crime. Either way, there’s one name that’s been inextricably linked to a lot of high-profile murders in Ireland over the last 15 years or so, but …

Perception of Time“We’ve really lost all the little cues in our life that help to keep us in time.”

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If you’re confused about the passage of time, you’re not alone. We know that each hour is divided into 60 equal minutes, and each minute into 60 identical seconds; but why do some hours feel longer than others? And is the pandemic changing our perception of time? Dr Ruth Ogden aims to answer these questions in her research, as she …

Tony Griffin on Teenagers“When you listen to 40-50,000 young people talking really honestly, you learn a lot. I did.”

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If the teenager in your life is looking for inspiration, they could do worse than cast an eye in the direction of Tony Griffin. Tony commuted from college in Canada every week to turn out for the Clare hurling team. He was an All Star. He cycled across Canada to raise over €1m for cancer services and care. He published his autobiography. He had a breakdown and …

Sing and Step with Padraig“I just sing away. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m singing.”

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There’s a man in Kilfenora, Co Clare who’s posted five times on Instagram and has – at time of writing – 13,000 followers. Padraig Howley told Ray D’Arcy why he’s on Instagram and what his sudden immersion in social media has meant to him and his family. Padraig’s page on Instagram is called Sing and Step with Padraig. He told Ray why he set the page up (with the help of …

Vaccine Priority“Many of us care 24/7 and with very little support in this whole pandemic.” 

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What happens when the sole carer of a child with complex needs is themselves incapacitated? It’s obviously a bad scenario for both the child and the carer, so if it could be easily avoided by, say, adjusting the government’s vaccine priority list, wouldn’t it make sense to easily avoid it? These are the sort of questions posed by Aisling McNiffe on the Ray D’Arcy Show. …

Rod Ponton“That’s why I had to tell the judge that I’m not a cat, because the cat was responding in the same way I was.”

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It was the meow heard around the world. And the cat puns were out in force on The Ray D’Arcy Show, as lawyer Rod Ponton explained how he became the world’s most watched remote-working feline. It was a purrfect storm. A catastrophe. Most unfurrtunate. Rod, who hails from Texas, was jumping on a Zoom call, something which is par for the pandemic course, but on this occasion, the laptop he was using was not his own:  “I …

Katie Price“I have to give him the best shot I can. And he deserves it.” 

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Katie Price wants to help parents of kids with complex special needs to bridge the care gap that can open up when their kids turn 18. Katie and her disabled son Harvey have turned their personal experiences into a documentary, Harvey and Me, which aired recently on BBC television. The film follows Katie and Harvey’s difficult search for a residential college, …