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Ray Darcy Wednesday 21 August 2019

Christmas Card For Barry 

You might remember Barry Connolly from Co.Meath, who loved receiving cards and after we spoke to his mum Sharon about it, Barry received over 4,800 birthday cards in September of this year. 

Well, we’ve had an email in to the show saying;

"Could you please email me name & address for Barry, the 30 year old that his Mam asked for cards for his birthday this year.

I can't find his details ( in spite of knowing I saved them) & would like to send a Christmas Card...thank you"

Kind Regards 

Mary Frances

We’ve checked with Barry’s mum Sharon and she’s ok with us sharing the address again and that’s Barry Connolly, Carranstown, Ballivor, Co Meath

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On today's show, Facebook took down daughter page, 'Just because I'm disabled, doesn't mean I'm inspirational' Ray talks to 3 people living with their disabilities and Daithí O Shea on this years Rose of Tralee

Just because I'm disabled, doesn't mean I'm inspirational

Ray D’Arcy spoke to three people about their lives and how having a disability was just one part of who they are.

James, Eliona and Raymond helped to highlight The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission campaign surrounding attitudes to disability.

They discussed one of the phrases used in the radio ad ‘Just because I’m disabled, doesn’t mean I’m inspirational’ and explained how stereotypes persist around people who are differently-abled.

James Cawley, a wheelchair user, chatted to Ray about the things that were important to him – being a brother, a friend and a fiancé. He explained that just like everyone else, the big things that matter are housing, transport and employment.

Eliona Gjecaj, who has lived and studied in Galway for the last 10 years, revealed that it annoys her when people call her inspirational for getting her first class honours degree. Eliona has an acquired visual impairment and says it was hard work and determination that earned her academic success. She spoke about how technology makes a huge difference to those with sight loss.

Raymond Grehan is deaf and a dad of two living in Edgeworthstown in Longford. He joined us in studio alongside an interpreter Michael who was able to voice Raymond’s opinions and keep him included in the panel discussion. Raymond shared how getting involved in his community has been a great joy and urged local clubs to be more inclusive.   

Diversity and inclusion in action.

Rose of Tralee 2019

Now it's that time of the year again - The Rose of Tralee International Festival competition is live on RTE television next week - host Dáithí Ó Sé chats to Ray



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