Nationwide Mary Kennedy joined Ray D'Arcy in studio on Friday afternoon for Soundtrack to My Life ahead of her 65th birthday next Thursday and said she's "looking forward to the change and new opportunities".

Mary shared memories of growing up in Clondalkin, and also recalled visiting her granny and cattle being herded along Dublin's North Circular Road and into Smithfield.

She spoke to Ray about her father's sudden death on the golf course when she was just 22.

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"It was awful, terrible," she recalled. "He was 59 - I don't think he would die now because there would have been a defibrilator".

Mary chatted about becoming a granny for the first time this year - her eldest daughter Eva had her first baby Paddy in April.

She also shared memories of growing up, recalling that her parents wanted Mary and her siblings to have an education. Her mother "was dedicated to doing Irish classes so she could help us with our homework".

Mary even enjoyed a little sing along when Ray played some snippets of her favourite TV shows: Mr Ed and Green Acres.

The Ray D'Arcy Show is on RTÉ Radio 1 at 3,00pm, Monday to Friday