The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Ray Darcy Friday 10 April 2015


RTÉ is launching a special initiative on Youth Mental Health across all its channels next week culminating next Thursday April 26th with an hour long TV documentary which will show the reality of mental health issues among Ireland's young population and the crises in our services.   

If you have a story about Youth Mental Health and you would like to share it with us here on RTÉ Radio 1 then we want to hear from you please get in touch with us, email to and a member of our team will be in touch.

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In September 2016, we dedicated a whole show to families who have been effected by suicide. Fran Dempsey wanted to be there on the day to share the story of his son Ryan, who sadly passed away on 31st October 2014.  Fran came into studio in October 2016  to chat to Ray about his lovely son Ryan 

Fran criticized the mental health system after his young son took his own life in the hospital after four previous attempts. Fran said the health system "let him down". Fran is still campaigning for a better mental health system. If you need to talk to someone the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 24 hours a day. Click here to listen back

Mental Health Special 

In September 2016, The Ray D'arcy show dedicated a whole programme to mental health.

Ray spoke to Caitriona about her teenage son Fergus, who became increasingly withdrawn before hosting a party the weekend he took his life.

Ray also spoke to Linda about her teenage son Darragh, who on the other hand, gave no indication of suicidal intentions, telling his mother he would be back in a couple of minutes when he left her for the last time.

Ray was also joined by Julie who remembers her nephew Leon, whose mental illness overwhelmed him so much that he took his own life while waiting for a doctor to see him on a weekend night at St James’s Hospital.

The programme focused on the systemic deficiencies that meant catastrophic mental health issues were not attended to in a timely or suitable manner. Click here to listen back

The Ray D'Arcy Show

The Ray D'Arcy Show

It's all about life.

Professor David Spiegelhalter - Sex by Numbers

Professor David Spiegelhalter - Sex by Numbers

Professor David Spiegelhalter is a statistician based in Cambridge. Since October 2007, he has have been Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk. He is author of Sex By Numbers, which was written as part of the Welcome Institute of Sexology – Sexology season. His book explores the statistics in relation to sex, with interesting revelations about the honesty of males and females when talking about their sex lives.

Eamonn Lillis will be released from prison today.

Eamonn Lillis will be released from prison today.

Abigail Rieley, author of, Death on The Hill, joined Ray in studio to discuss the death of Celine Cawley, the trial of her husband, Eamonn Lillis, the verdict of manslaughter passed, and his release today from prison.

Celine Cawley was found dead at their home at Rowan Hill, Windgate Road, Howth, on December 15th, 2008. A member of a well-known Dublin family, she was founder and managing director of Toytown Films, a television commercials production company, and before that had been a successful model.

The verdict was passed after the jury had been deliberating for nine hours and 28 minutes over 2½ days. The verdict, by a 10-2 majority, followed a 14-day trial at the Central Criminal Court. Lillis was jailed for six years and 11 months in February 2010. The 57-year-old is due to be released from Wheatfield Prison today. 


Ken Doherty 'v' Reanne Evans

Ken Doherty 'v' Reanne Evans

Last night, Ken Doherty, 1997 Snooker World  Champion, beat Reanne Evans, 29 year old 10 times Ladies World Snooker Champion, at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Reanne was leading by 50 points in the sixteenth frame and then by 35 in the seventeenth but Ken fought back to win by 10 frames to 8. Steve Davis has said that Reanne Evans is the best female player he has ever seen. 




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Kevin Carr, Ultra Marathon Runner

Kevin Carr, Ultra Marathon Runner

English man, Kevin Carr has just completed a 26,232km journey on foot, running. He began his journey on 28th July 2013, 621 days ago. He has run over 36 million steps has taken him through 5 continents, battling all kinds of weather conditions, being chased by bears and dogs and even being knocked down twice. Yesterday he completed his challenge and became the fastest person to run around the world. His quest is in order to raise awareness of mental illness.

To see photos from Kevin's journey, visit

The Mystery Voice

The Mystery Voice

We have a new Mystery Voice tune in after 4pm for your chance to guess. The pot for the mystery voice currently stands at €260, and here are the people who have been guessed so far;

Aidan Gillen

Brendan Gleeson


Gabriel Byrne

Jim Sheridan

Joe Duffy 

Michael Harding

Pat Kenny 

Philip Boucher-Hayes

Tom Conti

Eamonn Coghlan

Derek Davis

Paul Durcan

Music Played on the Show

Saints And Sinners

Saints And Sinners

Paddy Casey


All Apologies

All Apologies





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