Manchán Magan“It’s been the most important thing in my life. I would not be who I was today had I not had the opportunity to live in these places.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Manchán Magan didn’t just love flying, he adored it. Not so much the time spent in the sky, but the unparalleled experiences it afforded him, enriching him as a person and forming an integral part of his career as a documentary maker and travel writer. “It’s been the most important thing in my life. I would not be who I …

Children with Autism“It’s not a label. Tins of beans have a label. It’s a diagnosis.”

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On Tuesday, Ray D’Arcy invited two women into studio to speak about their experiences as parents of children living with autism. We heard from blogger and mum of three Fay Hayden, whose 11-year old son Patrick is living with autism, she’s also mum to 13 year old Saoirse and 6 year old Erin; and Elaine Healy, mum to 8 year …

Judy Collins“I never got involved with him romantically, thank you God – there is a God!”

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Judy Collins is the reason why Leonard Cohen became a singer. Yes, that obscure Canadian poet thought he had a terrible voice until Judy convinced him otherwise, as she told Ray D’Arcy this afternoon. The pair met in New York in 1966 when Judy was then the better-known artist, on the way to recording her 6th album. A mutual friend, Mary …

Operation Transformation's Lorraine O’Neill“I think I have a mind block about pushing myself in exercise.”

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Most hairdressers have heard it all before, but Ray D’Arcy managed to surprise Lorraine O’Neill today when he told her that the Cavan word “foosie” was in the Collins English Dictionary. For real. Well, it’s on probation, but it’s there. The salon owner and Operation Transformation 2020 leader let the word drop a few times in her chat with Ray before …

Love Island's Greg O'Shea“I’ve missed out on a good chunk of money, but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.”

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Last year’s Love Island winner Greg O’Shea told Ray D’Arcy this afternoon that he doesn’t know when the next Irish bombshell will be landing on the Island, but he did say he thinks they are on the hunt for Irish candidates, judging by the amount of people who have got in touch with him for advice on how to clinch …

Funeral Director David McGowan“Why wouldn’t you bring a kid to a funeral? A four-year old child has the capacity to learn four languages.”

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When it comes to burying our dead, we Irish have moved with the times in some ways but have held fast to tradition in others. That’s according to Sligo funeral director David McGowan, who spoke at length to Ray D’Arcy today about his 40-year career as a funeral director. David says that in Ireland, most families who traditionally waked loved …

Úna-Minh Kavanagh“I have no time for negativity because I feel that it’s a waste of energy.”

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Some people speak with a smile in their voice and Úna-Minh Kavanagh is surely one of them. The microphone picks it up; it’s unmistakable. The airwaves sang with positivity today as she told Ray D’Arcy: “I have no time for negativity because I feel that it’s a waste of energy.” Hardly surprising after a childhood in Kerry, that most Instagrammable …

The Skin Nerd

The Skin Nerd“It’s equally as important to protect against the harsh elements as it is against the sun.”

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Is it even Christmas if you haven’t been both skinned and baked alive in the space of an afternoon? A combination of fierce winter winds followed by blasts of central heating set to tropical, takes its toll on our skin. Add to that a sharp rise in our sugar and alcohol intake and it’s no wonder many of us are …