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Ray Darcy Tuesday 5 December 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Ray spoke to Caitriona about her teenage son Fergus, who became increasingly withdrawn before hosting a party the weekend he took his life.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, Smart phone addictions, what 2017 has been like for the Village of KiltyClogher, Portmagee is now Porguemagee and weight lifting extreme curvature of the spine

Looking Back at 2017 - The Village of Kiltyclogher



Back in the Summer we featured the KiltyLive campaign on our show – and that campaign was aimed at attracting new families to Kiltyclogher in Co Leitrim in order to keep the primary school open. More than 7 families moved up!! We had some of them on the show the day before the school opened in September.

It’s been some year for the village – so back in studio we’ve new residents Tammy Farlane, Carol McGowan 
On the phone is Susan Carton – who was secretary of the campaign and Rachel Ashe who moved up from East Wall in Dublin

Extreme Curvature of the Spine and Weigh Lifting


 Eva Butterly is 26 and she’s from Dublin, she has worked as a model and an actress. Eva was diagnosed with an extreme curvature of the spine as a preteen but in recent years she has found that lifting weights has dramatically improved her condition. Eva tells Ray more this afternoon

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Pharrell Williams


Lovely Leitrim

Lovely Leitrim

Larry Cunningham




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