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Ray Darcy Monday 27 March 2017


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Ray spoke to Caitriona about her teenage son Fergus, who became increasingly withdrawn before hosting a party the weekend he took his life.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

On today's show, win the chance to be a mascot at the Ireland v Iceland game, Cathy Lee talks to Ray about working in St Patricks Infant Hospital as a nursery nurse and Pricewatch with Conor Pope

Cathy Lee working in St Patricks Infant Hospital as a Nursery Nurse

Cathy Lee working in St Patricks Infant Hospital as a Nursery Nurse

Last Friday Ray read out a hand written letter that we received in the post from Cathy Lee. Cathy shared her story about working as a nursery nurse in St Patricks Infant Hospital between 1972-up until 1974.

For those of you who don’t know anything about St Patricks Infant Hospital. 
St. Patrick's Guild was founded in 1910 by Mary Cruice who originally wanted to provide a Catholic alternative to Protestant run fostering services in Dublin.  Later however the Guild linked up with the Sisters of Charity and became an adoption society.  Babies were sent to St Patricks Infant Hospital before being adopted.  Mothers were not present.

Cathy tells Ray what it was like to work there as a nursery nurse.

Pricewatch - Conor Pope

Pricewatch - Conor Pope

Conor Pope joins us once again to champion your consumer issues, if you have a consumer problem you can send it to

Marriage Advice

Marriage Advice

We’ll have psychoanalyst, Ray O'Neill, and psychologist, Allison Keating, on the show tomorrow. You’ll remember them from the RTE TV series, Then Comes Marriage. They were on with us back in January, and there was a huge response.

If you have any relationship questions for them... money, housework, sex... whatever ails you, do let us know –

Music Played on the Show

Holding Out For A Hero

Holding Out For A Hero

Bonnie Tyler




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