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Ray Darcy Wednesday 8 November 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Ray spoke to Caitriona about her teenage son Fergus, who became increasingly withdrawn before hosting a party the weekend he took his life.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

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On today's show, Rat's in the trees in Kerry, Why is everything so expensive in Ireland? David Mc Williams new TV show, Tracy Mc Ginnis finally got her new car and live music from Paul Bradley

Why Is Everything So Expensive in Ireland?



David McWilliams is back with a new studio series exploring the big issues facing Ireland .Tomorrow night he asks, why is everything so expensive in Ireland? David chats to Ray this afternoon
David McWilliams’ Ireland: Why are we so broke? airs on TV3 tomorrow night, Thursday 9th November at 10pm  

A New Van For Tracy and Brendan

A New Van For Tracy and Brendan

On Budget Day Ray spoke to Tracy McGinnis. For those of you who may have missed it Tracy is a single mother of a severely disabled teenage boy Brendan Bjorn(13) who has a life limiting condition.

Brendan along with his nine year old brother Declan and his mother Tracy are "trapped" in the private-rented market in Kildare and they are unable to access suitable housing for Brendan’s condition. At the time Tracy was fundraising for a new van for Brendan and many of you kindly donated on Brendan’s go fund me page. Tracy has gotten the van and tell's Ray all about it

Live Music and Chat with Paul Brady



Paul Brady is here for some chat and to play a couple of tunes! His new album Unfinished Business is out now and he is kicking off a tour around Ireland on the 17th of November. 

The new album Unfinished Business is out now and the tour around Ireland starts on November 17th. All of the locations and information are on 

Music Played on the Show

I Saw Her Standing There

I Saw Her Standing There

The Beatles


Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Paul Brady


Heart Station

Heart Station

Paul Brady




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