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Ray D'Arcy
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Ray D'Arcy’s first radio broadcast was from a shed when he was 15. In the 21 years since then he has become a regular on both radio and television and he has somehow managed to hold on to his sanity despite close associations with aliens, blue dogs, sock monsters and a dangerously sharp turkey. His move to Today FM has allowed him to consummate his relationship with radio and The Ray D’Arcy show has proven become one of the most successful radio programmes on the station.

Ray did his first disco at the age of 15 and his first broadcast not long after that. In 1988 he started on RTÉ’s Jo Maxi on Network 2. After two seasons of that teen magazine programme he moved to The Den, formerly Dempsey’s Den.

Ray lasted eight years with various permutations of aliens (Zig and Zag), a turkey (Dustin), a blue dog (Zuppy) and a sock monster (Soky). During this time he also managed to present over 600 episodes of Blackboard Jungle and one series of Bon Voyage. After a tearful parting from The Den in 1998, Ray rejoined his old mates Zig and Zag for a sort of game show called 2Phat. Ray was been tempted back onto our screens to host You’re A Star, a marathon journey around Ireland to find the next Irish Eurovision entrant and then went onto take over as host of 46th The Rose Of Tralee competition on RTÉ One.

Earlier this year he co-hosted Test The Nation with Miriam O’Callaghan which was the biggest ever television quiz in Ireland. This year he is delighted to return to Tralee to host this year’s festival.