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 …

Claire Balding“I really found that no-one around me worth their salt cares whether I have hair or not.”

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Claire Fullam – better known as Claire Balding on Instagram – dropped in with her husband Ian for a chat with Kathryn Thomas on the Ray D’Arcy show  to update listeners on her hair. And no, this wasn’t an item about the dash to secure a rare post-Covid salon appointment. Claire’s hair became an issue for her back in 2016, when …

Ellie Kisyombe“I am very angry. I am very confused.”

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The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has reverberated across the US and the story of the protests that followed the killing has dominated the news cycle for the past few days. On Tuesday’s Ray D’Arcy Show, writer and activist Ellie Kisyombe spoke about her experience as a black woman living in Ireland, the death of George Floyd …

Tori Amos“I’d be playing The Doors in between Mozart and disguising it so my father wouldn’t know that I was completely corrupt at 8.”

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Erstwhile Kinsale resident Tori Amos spoke to Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday from a recording studio in a barn about her new memoir, Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change and Courage. The book details the remarkable things that happened in Amos’s life, beginning with being expelled at 13 from the conservatory she’d been in since age 5. This prompted her …

Author Louise Nealon“I always felt like I was kind of feeling around in the dark trying to manage my mental illness.”

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Cappagh GAA club in Co Kildare boasts a young author among its ranks. Louise Nealon (for it is she) has recently signed a book deal for her début novel, Snowflake, which will be published next year. Louise spoke to fellow-Kildare person Ray D’Arcy on Tuesday about her book deal, how people with mental illness are failed by the system and …