The Goalkeeper from Normal People“I’d to let it in past me, but make sure to make it look like I was making an effort to go for the ball.”

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The phenomenon that is Normal People keeps rolling on. If you’ve read Sally Rooney’s award-winning book, if you’ve watched the acclaimed show, if you’re on board with Connell’s chain having its own social media accounts, what more can this remarkable drama do for you? Well, how about some sporting controversy? Imagine you’re a young lad doing well on the GAA …

Irish Eurovision Winners“People need music more than ever now.”

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Calling in from their homes across the world from Sydney to Switzerland, six Irish Eurovision winners joined Ray D’Arcy on Friday afternoon: Dana, Linda Martin, Eimear Quinn, Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan. It had all the chaos, in-jokes and random interruptions of a late-night Zoom chat with your closest friends and Ray let the performers catch up and …

A Better Life for Livie“Some of the mothers that have had their children treated with the Zolgensma have seen incredible results.”

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It’s known as the most expensive drug in the world, costing €2m for a single dose. It’s used to treat a rare genetic neuromuscular condition called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1. It’s called Zolgensma and Karen Vickers told Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday that her 8 month old daughter Livie, who has SMA, needs the drug to ensure her quality …

Sophie Ellis Bextor“I thought, why not? Let’s have a little party, a little family party and see what happens.”

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Sophie Ellis Bextor is taking it handy with the whole ‘home-schooling’ thing. She fessed up on Thursday’s Ray D’Arcy Show, during their chat about her weekly Instagram Live show Sophie’s Kitchen Disco. The singer is in lockdown at home with her husband and their five boys aged between 1 and 16. The family began isolating on doctor’s recommendation a whole week …

Eamon Dunphy“There’s no way, until there is a vaccine, that I could feel comfortable and safe mixing with people who may have the virus.”

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Cocooning is another term – along with social distancing and self-isolating – that’s been introduced or popularised by the Coronavirus pandemic. But the measure, formally introduced by the Taoiseach last Friday, seems to mean different things to different people. Take Eamon Dunphy, for instance. The veteran broadcaster, journalist and podcaster told Ray D’Arcy that he’s cocooning as he’s over 70 …

Bridie Sweeney sings Happy Birthday

Heart-warming Radio“Now wait ‘til I tell you, my great-grandchild is 10 tomorrow in London. If I gave you his name, would you say Happy Birthday.”

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Anxious? Overwhelmed? Perturbed by people’s obsession with toilet roll? Do yourself a favour and take a moment to listen to Tallaght native Bridie Sweeney, who sent her infectious positivity out across the airwaves to us all – and to one person in particular, on today’s Ray D’Arcy Show. Ray has spoken to Bridie before and they’re like old pals at …

Mary O'Rourke“Keep doing normal things. Seeing your children or grandchildren or going out to the pharmacy or the supermarket.”

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Offers to drop off shopping, suggestions of daily visits and soothing words of encouragement were all forthcoming from the staff taking calls at the offices of ALONE earlier today. Ray D’Arcy paid a visit to the service supporting older people, o watch them offering practical help and reassurance over the phone to elderly people and their families, contacting them about …

The psychology of panic buying

The psychology of panic buying“It’s the unnecessary demand that causes the problem, not panic.”

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If you’ve ever tried to buy a sliced pan in a snowstorm or antibacterial gel during a viral outbreak, you know that when the chips hit the pan, we humans have a penchant for panic buying. Professor of Social Psychology Clifford Stott spoke to Ray D’Arcy about what drives us to stockpile in times of perceived threat. Professor Stott began …