Series 11 Operation Transformation‘If I don’t do something, it’s not going to end well’

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The Ray D’Arcy Show broadcast live from the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena on the National Sports Campus for a special programme featuring some of the potential Operation Transformation leaders for 2018, advice from past leaders who have been through it already and live music from Glenn&Ronan. Ray began by having a chat with some of the people we may be seeing on our screens next year. They shared their reasons …

Achill's Returning Beaches‘It only stays for about a year at the most’

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Achill Island is experiencing a certain phenomenon that is attracting some attention. Lost beaches are re-appearing. Dooagh beach and Ashleam Bay have returned this year alone. Sean Molloy, Achill Tourism Manager, came on The Ray D’Arcy Show to explain how this happened. Sean was previously on with Ray when Doogh beach reappeared. Sean told Ray how Ashleam reappeared. “It started to happen a few weeks ago after Storm Brian…it started to bring the sand back there [Ashleam Bay]. And over the …

Caroline's weight-loss story‘I thought ‘God, this has to stop sometime’. But sure it didn’t. And I kept going, more excuses.’

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Caroline Clifford was in her early 40s when she decided she wanted to lose weight. She came on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk to Ray about reaching this decision, losing 7 stone in 7 months (44kg) and how her life has changed as a result. Caroline told Ray that she hadn’t felt like she was carrying excess weight before getting married and having her 3 children. Soon though, she recognised that …

Brendan Gleeson‘You should never get so old that you forget what it’s like to be a kid’

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There’s a familiar face in the upcoming film sequel featuring everybody’s favourite marmalade-loving Peruvian bear. Brendan Gleeson joined Ray on the line on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about playing the role of ‘Knuckles’ McGinty in Paddington 2. In recalling how he got involved in the project, Brendan explained that he wasn’t familiar with the movies initially but quickly grew to love the script. “I hadn’t seen the first film so …

Struggle with sleep?‘You’re going 24/7…commuting longer…striking the balance is difficult.’

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As Ray D’Arcy put it on the show today: “Sleep – we all do it.” But some listeners are struggling to get quality sleep. Ray asked Dr John Garvey, Consultant Respiratory Physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Audrey Russell, Senior Sleep Physiologist (also at St. Vincent’s) to come on the show to try to help listeners with their sleep-related problems. First things first, how important is quality sleep? John explained …

Will a Robot Steal my job?“Just because we can automate something, should we?”

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A new documentary is posing an interesting question, albeit one that has been asked since the industrial revolution – could you lose your job to a machine? Anne-Marie Tomchak, UK Editor of Mashable attempted to find the answer in the documentary, Will a robot steal my job?. Anne-Marie and Barry O’Sullivan, a UCC Professor who works in AI, joined Ray on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about the programme and to tell Ray about some recent developments in AI.  Ray wasted no time …

Being a Non-drinker‘I never felt as much stigma as I did when I was sober…there was never that kind of stigma when I was a problem drinker.’

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The upcoming Public Health Alcohol Bill has sparked some interesting conversations about alcohol and alcohol abuse. Last month, John Higgins spoke to Ray D’Arcy about alcohol and suicide following the death of his son 6 years ago. Today, Ray played host to three more people who have been affected by alcohol in different ways: Irish Times writer Laura Kennedy (a non-drinker), Model Alison Canavan (a non-drinker for 3 years) and The Today Show with Seán O‘Rourke team member Brian O’Connell (sober for …

Author Joe Hill‘I am a believer in pulling out every trick in the book to keep the reader’s attention stapled to the page’

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Bestselling horror and supernatural writer, Joe Hill came on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about writing every day since the age of 13, seeing his work adapted for the screen and growing up in a family of writers. Hill described his latest book, Strange Weather, as “four short novels of dread and the unnatural”. When Ray said that there was a “cinematic” quality to the writing, …