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Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney will join Ray on the couch to chat about her role as the hilarious and iconic Sister Michael in the hit series. Siobhan will be chatting about her formative years in Aherla in Co. Cork and how she gave up a career in science to pursue her dream of being on the stage.

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Kym Marsh will join Ray to discuss her upcoming role in ELF – A Christmas Spectacular at the 3Arena, her forthcoming departure from the cobbles of Coronation Street after 13 years, and her newest role in life – becoming a granny at 42.


RTÉ rugby panellists Bernard Jackman and Stephen Ferris will lineout in studio with Ray to tackle the latest updates from Japan ahead of Ireland's opening game.

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Welsh author, singer, songwriter and BBC Radio 2 DJ Cerys Matthews from Catatonia will be joining Ray. She'll be talking about her latest venture into cookery books, her unique relationship with Ireland and how she fell in love with her husband in a Dublin pub. 


Wedding planners to the stars, Tara Fay and Bruce Russell join Ray to tell him all about their latest TV project.

All this and more on The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9.55pm this Saturday, September 21.


On this week's Ray D'Arcy show, Ray will be joined on the couch by one very unusual guest. 

While most of Ray's guests are living breathing humans, this weekend viewers will be treated to the inner most thoughts of Stevie. 

The catch? Well Stevie just so happens to be a robot. 

Created by a team working out of Trinity College, Stevie is a robot designed to assist the elderly and disabled.

It has created waves across the international world of technology, and Ray will be the first to interview it live on TV.

Stevie is the first of its kind to be built in Ireland. 

Along with Stevie, Ray will be joined by some of RTÉ's most beloved weather presenters Joanna Donnelly, Gerry Murphy and Michelle Dillon, who will be on hand to chat to Ray about Ireland's obsession with the weather.

Business woman and cancer survivor Majella O'Donnell and rugby analyst Brent Pope will also join Ray this week.

Both will be discussing their experiences with mental health. 


Don't fancy going out this weekend? 

Well, the line-up for tomorrow's The Ray D'Arcy Show has been revealed and it looks like it's like we're in for a treat.

Tomorrow, the show returns for a third season, with a pretty epic line-up top boot.

On the first show of the new season, Girls Aloud star and recent winner of Celebrity Big Brother Sarah Harding will join Ray in studio.

Sarah will be discussing about her recent stint in the Big Brother house (we wonder if she will be mentioning her feud with Trisha Paytas?).

She will also be chatting about her time in Girls Aloud, as well as revealing what the future holds for her and her partner Chad Johnston.


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If you haven't yet heard about (or read) Oh My God What A Complete Aisling yet, then we must say, where have you been?

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, authors of the best selling book,  will join Ray to discuss their new book.

They will also be identifying and chatting to some "Aislings" in the audience.

There is also a treat in store for sporting fans. 

Also joining Ray on the couch are boxers Joe Ward and Bernard Dunne, who will discuss Joe's recent success at the world championship in Hamburg.

This and much more on The Ray D’Arcy Show this Saturday at 9:35pm on RTÉ One.


Don't fancy going out tonight? 

Well, the line-up for tonight's The Ray D'Arcy Show has been revealed and it looks like it's like we're in for a treat.

Fair City actors Johnny Ward and Amilia Stewart (Ciaran and Katy) will be on the couch discussing their dramatic story line that finally came to a conclusion this week. 

They will be revealing what it was like to be involved in one of the soaps biggest plots to date and discuss their plans for the future.

Funnyman and Dublin native, Jason Byrne will also be stopping by to tell Ray all about what he got up to while on tour in Australia and rumour has it he plans to have a but of fun with some unsuspecting audience members.

Government Chief Whip, Regina Doherty TD, will be in studio giving her two cents about Enda Kenny's decision to step down and outlining her hopes for the future.

And last but not least, Ray will be joined by Panti Bliss (aka Rory O'Neill), who has also agreed to act as judge and mentor to our very special guest performers  in the grand finale of this year's Ray D'Arcy Show Lip Sync battle.

This and much more on The Ray D’Arcy Show this Saturday at 9:35pm on RTÉ One.




We love a bit of Say Yes To The Dress and Don't Tell the Bride, so when we heard that the Ray D'Arcy Show was hosting a Battle of the Brides special, we got excited.

The Ray D’Arcy Show is hoping to give three brides-to-be the chance to win their dream wedding band in a live, televised bridal showdown.

So if you’re seeking the best musical entertainment for your wedding guests, listen up. 

Ray is looking for a future bride or three to come to the studio next Saturday April 15 to compete for this very special prize. 

The wedding band can be one of the biggest expenses for a wedding, so if you think you have what it takes to win the Ray D’Arcy Show’s Battle of the Brides then here's how.

You can send your reasons to brides@rte.ie to tell the show why you need to have the chance to win this pretty amazing prize, among other wedding-related goodies.

May the odds be ever in your favour. 



Planning on heading home this weekend to see your mum? Well curling up on the couch for some great telly could be on the cards so. 

The much loved Tinder on the Telly returns to The Ray D'Arcy Show this Saturday, but in honour of all our mammies, the show has a serious Mother's Day twist.

Ray is teaming up with one Mum, who will chose whether to swipe right or left on potential gal pals for her single son. 

Keeping with the Mother's Day theme, there will also be special Mother's Day messages from Irish people looking to say a big thank you to their mams in a public declaration of devotion.

Ian Dempsey and Mario Rosenstock will also join Ray on the couch this week, for their first ever television interview together.

The creative minds behind Gift Grub will discuss their 18-year comedy collaboration, and they will pay homage to their favourite comedic endeavours. 

They will also share their memories of their good friend, the late Tony Fenton, as well as their plans for the future.

Rounding out the Mother's Day line-up is disability activist Joanne O' Riordan, who will drop by to chat to Ray about why Ireland is lagging behind when it comes to the human rights of people with disabilities.

On a very millennial note, she will also be chatting about her decision to give up social media for Lent, something we could never manage!

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!



We all love our mammies, and what better way to honour them than with a public declaration of devotion?

With Mother's Day fast approaching, The Ray D’Arcy Show are hoping to give sons and daughters across the nation a chance to pay tribute to their mothers live on RTÉ One next Saturday night, March 25 (that's Mother's Day eve, for those who forgot). 

To enter, get in touch with The Ray D’Arcy Show TV team telling them just why your mum deserves a big Mother's Day thank you. 

"If you would like to say thank you on the national air waves to your mum, get us a video in, and we'll be playing them out. So if you have an auld camera phone, and who doesn't now, say a lovely message into it about your mum," said Ray. 

Maybe your mammy helped you through a particularly tough time, or perhaps she had a challenging year and you just want to let her know why she is so special to you.

Whatever the reason, Ray wants to hear from you, and if successful, you and your mum might be live in studio on next weekend's show, or your special Mother's Day video message could feature on the show that night. 

To enter, send your video message to thanksmam@rte.ie, and don’t forget to include a daytime contact number.



Trad music is one of Ireland's most unique cultural aspects, and it sets us apart from the rest of the world. 

Playing instruments can be a family affair, so if a love of trad runs in your blood, then there is an upcoming competition you may want to hear about. 

The Ray D'Arcy Show is hunting high and low for families who love playing traditional music together, to compete for the title of "Ireland's Traddest Family" live on RTÉ One

"We’ve had a phenomenal response the length and breadth of the country – the talent out there is unbelievable."

"Applications are still open, so, if you and your family love playing traditional music together or you know a family that fits the bill – we’d love to hear from you" said Ray D'Arcy. 

Singer-songwriter John Spillane, fiddle player Zoe Conway and Mike Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing are set to star on the judging panel, so the pressure is on!

The closing date for applications is February 24, and if successful, all family members must be available to travel to Dublin to perform live on The Ray D’Arcy Show on March 11.

To enter the show, email traddestfamily@rte.ie and send a videos and mp3s up to 2 minutes long of your trad clan playing to be in with a chance of winning.

The champion clan will hold the title of ‘"Ireland’s Traddest Family" and will also get a luxury family trip to FOTA resort, a chance to play at St Patrick's festival weekend and VIP tickets to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which sounds like a pretty amazing prize to us. 


Never mind that we can't actually name one other thing that he's starred in (OK, so he was in The Good Wife too) – we're still totally swooning over the fact that Mr Big is going to be on our screens once again tomorrow evening.

Yup none other than Chris Noth heads to Montrose for a chat with Ray on The Ray D'Arcy Show.


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The Sex And The City actor is now aged 62.

And although he has a surprisingly modest presence on social media – 4.6K followers on Twitter and 10K on Instagram – a quick glance (OK, an elongated drool) at his recent posts confirms that he's still as handsome as ever.


The Ray D'Arcy Show tomorrow night on RTÉ One at 9:45pm.


After the trauma of her daughter's killing – not to mention a high-profile murder trial that gripped the world – June Steenkamp travels to Ireland this weekend.

Appearing on the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTE, she will discuss Reeva's death at the hands of her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

June is expected to talk about how the past three years have affected her family, as well as her memories of her daughter, how it felt to see Oscar Pistorius in court, and the tragic events surrounding Reeva’s death.

Also on the show this weekend is Hollywood actor Aidan Quinn, who is in town to help mark the 20th anniversary of the hit movie Michael Collins.

He will join Ray on the couch to talk about his life and career to date, including his role in Elementary, his almost 30 year marriage to actress Elizabeth Bracco and his Irish roots – his parents are from Birr, Co. Offaly.

The Ray D’Arcy Show airs on Saturday February 20 at 9.55pm on RTÉ One.


If you had logged on to Twitter around the time that Ray D'Arcy was interviewing man of the moment Dean Strang, you would have been forgiven for thinking that it was quite literally a total car crash of an interview. 

However, one very important person is disagreeing with the general public's assessment of that interview and that person is Dean Strang himself. 

Yep, while it seems that ninety per cent of the audience considered Ray's interview to be a bit of a bumbling mess, Dean Strang himself considered it quite brilliant.

"His interview far exceeded in depth and thoughtfulness of almost all of the national US media outlets," the successful layer told the Irish Sun. 

"It simply is true – his interview was more serious and lengthy than most of those I have seen or in which I have participated in here."

Whether this means that American interviews are really terrible or that we were WAY too harsh on poor Ray, most importantly Dean thought the interview went swimmingly. 

"Even with his more relaxed format, Mr D'Arcy was prepared. He treated me with great courtesy.

"Most importantly, he consciously tried to make the subject accessible to people who have not seen the film, which is most people.

"That seemed to me a quite defensible choice for someone who hosts a nationwide, popular chat show.

"Even if they had not heard of Netflix, he wanted to include all of his viewers so that they might get something from the interview."

While we reckon one of the main reasons the host got such a backlash was because a lot of people tuning in specifically HAD seen the popular series, we can totally see Dean's point of view (which we guess is his job). 

And we may have to give Ray a major thank you because it sounds like our favourite public defender will most definitely return to Ireland after his positive stint in the country. 

"I cannot wait to return to Ireland and happily will buy Mr D'Arcy and his producers a pint or two if they allow me do that.

"They were bright, interesting people. Anyway, I hope that folks can give the bickering a rest. You've a lovely country."

Whatever your thoughts on the interview, can you cope with what a lovely, thoughtful and articulate man Dean Strang is? 

The infatuation grows…. 


Ray D'Arcy is finally taking charge of a primetime slot on RTÉ One, with his new Saturday night chat show kicking off this weekend.

The radio and TV personality says his newest gig will feature "extraordinary stories from extraordinary people, comedy, and the big names… if Ryan [Tubridy] doesn't get there first."

Ahead of the launch of The Ray D'Arcy Show at 9.45pm this Saturday, the host took a look back at his "best bits," sitting down in a tux (as you do) to get a blast from the past.

Of course, it wasn't long before a very unwanted old friend – we'll give you a clue, he has a beak – dropped by for a surprise visit.

Ray started his career with RTÉ in 1990, taking over from Ian Dempsey on The Den, which at the time featured aliens Zig and Zag, natives of the planet Zog.

Socky and Dustin followed later, though Ray finished up his slot in 1998, going on to present the teen entertainment show 2Phat.

Other notable RTÉ gigs included Blackboard Jungle, You're A Star and four separate years as host of The Rose Of Tralee.

Having spent over a decade at the helm of The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM, the Kildare native quit in a shock move last year, moving back to RTÉ for a Radio 1 afternoon show.

With another stage in Ray's career kicking off this weekend, we're excited to see what he brings to the Saturday night slot.