A D'Arcy pencil portrait
1 September 1964 |
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin|
|Occupation||Irish Radio Thief|
|Employer||Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)|
|Children||Kate & Tom|
Raymond "Ray" D'Arcy (born 1 September 1964) is an Irish television and radio presenter currently on his second spell at state broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). He once presented a self-titled weekday morning radio programme on the Denis O'Brien-owned Today FM. His professional partner on that show, Jenny Kelly, became his wife on 24 August 2013 and they have two children: Tom (born June 2012) and Kate (born 25 November 2006).
D'Arcy came to prominence with a television career on RTÉ, presenting children's television on The Den, a quiz show called Blackboard Jungle and the youth music show 2Phat. He presented television coverage of The Rose of Tralee beauty pageant each August for four consecutive years until 2010. He rejoined RTÉ for 2015.
Early life and career
D'Arcy was born into a working-class family of nine with one earner, a male non-commissioned officer, in Kildare in 1964. His grandmother died at the age of 54 from lung cancer when D'Arcy was 11. Always into his music and his broadcasting, he began discoing in 1979 at the age of 15. He attended Trinity College, Dublin, to take a degree in psychology, and graduated in 1985. He began a career at RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and in 1988 moved to RTÉ television, with a presenter spot on Jo Maxi. His first spell at RTÉ lasted for 13 years.
D'Arcy replaced Ian Dempsey as the presenter of The Den, RTÉ's flagship children's television series, from 1990 to 1998. His career in children's television later featured in the 2008 documentary Best Bitz From Back Den. D'Arcy also presented the quiz show Blackboard Jungle at the time before presenting youth music quiz 2Phat. In addition, he presented the UTV and RTÉ collaborative travel show Bon Voyage! for one season. He has presented several once-off events, including Ireland's version of the Test The Nation franchise and the Irish Young Scientist Awards. Until 2005 he presented You're a Star, the talent show established to find Ireland's entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, D'Arcy took over as Rose of Tralee presenter. On 1 April 2010, after five years, he stood down so as to spend more time with his family as they grew older. Television roles dried up as the 2000s progressed, though he hosted Eurosong 2008 at the University of Limerick Concert Hall. and presented one episode of The Panel later that year. That same year, he ruled out applying to host The Late Late Show, despite being linked to this prime-time slot. On 1 December 2008, he announced on his Today FM radio show (see next paragraph) that he would be participating in the second season of Celebrity Bainisteoir; he managed County Kildare team Rathangan.
D'Arcy moved to Today FM radio in the late 1990s. He took over Tim Kelly's mid-morning show, which went out from 10:00 to 12:45. This slot was later changed to 9:00 to 12:00, entering direct competition with The Gerry Ryan Show on RTÉ 2fm. He credited much of the show's success to the team that served him well over the years: Jenny Kelly, Will Hanafin and Mairead Farrell. D'Arcy's Today FM show achieved something of a cult status due to its quirky segments, among which were "Fix-It Friday" and the "Odd One Out Quiz". In June 2008, D'Arcy was one of more than 1,200 people who stripped naked for a Spencer Tunick art project - he later spoke of the experience on the radio. On the weekend of 21–22 March 2009, someone placed nude images of the then Taoiseach in the National Gallery of Ireland and the gallery of the Royal Hibernian Academy. The artist anonymously emailed D'Arcy's radio show, claiming responsibility for the creation of the paintings, but not their hanging. Gardaí subsequently raided the Today FM studios and producer Will Hanafin was asked to hand over the emails, on the basis that the placing of the paintings constituted indecency, incitement and criminal damage. Hanafin refused to provide the emails without a warrant. In July 2014, D'Arcy incurred the wrath of mixed martial arts fans by inviting Cathal Pendred onto his show then grilling him on his part in the "violent and disturbing" sport.
A household name in Ireland, D'Arcy does not consider himself a celebrity and tends to decline requests for interviews. While being interviewed on The Saturday Night Show in 2010, D'Arcy issued an ultimatum to Enda Kenny, "vowing he would leave Ireland" after the February 2011 general election if the man became Taoiseach. Kenny did become Taoiseach; D'Arcy did not leave the country.
After being approached by RTÉ over the years and considering leaving Today FM, D'Arcy did just that abruptly in December 2014, quitting his Today FM show to rejoin RTÉ. It was later announced that his wife Jenny Kelly would join him at RTE to produce the new radio show. 
Previously engaged to TV presenter Geri Maye (only for the wedding to be halted at the last minute), D'Arcy married Jenny Kelly, his producer and co-presenter, on 24 August 2013. The pair were stalked by the press when D'Arcy publicly exposed their partnership on Saturday Night With Miriam in 2005. Afterwards, D'Arcy was dismissive of the public interest in the relationship:
"I guess once we have actually told people we are together that will be the end of it. Our listeners probably care that we are a couple, but beyond that I don't know why anyone would be interested."
Their baby daughter Kate was born on 25 November 2006 when Jenny went into labour while laughing at Pat Kenny being heckled on The Late Late Show. In January 2012, D'Arcy and Kelly announced their engagement and pregnancy with a second child. In June that year, D'Arcy and Kelly welcomed their second child, a boy, named Tom Michael D'Arcy. Earlier that year, D'Arcy tripped and broke his nose and had to have surgery. An atheist by nature, D'Arcy does not believe in an afterlife, but attended Mass until his twenties when he became disillusioned by it all.
D'Arcy won a Jacob's Award in 1993 for his presentation of The Den. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 Ray won the Best Irish Radio DJ award at the Meteor Music Awards, cementing his position as one of Ireland's most popular radio presenters. D'Arcy always maintains that this should be seen as a group award, and that credit should be shared with Jenny Kelly, Mairead Farrell and producer Will Hanafin, who also contributes to presenting the show. In 2008 D'Arcy was beaten by his namesake Ray Foley who launched a daily campaign to dethrone him.
In 2006, The Ray D'Arcy Show won the Community/Social Action award at the PPI Irish Radio Awards for their work in highlighting road safety problems and deaths on the roads in Ireland. This was due in part, to their "Don't be a Fucking Eejit" radio adverts, which contained real-life stories.
In 2007, The Ray D'Arcy Show won the Best Light Entertainment Programme award at the PPI Irish Radio Awards.
|1993||Ray D'Arcy||Jacob's Award||Won|
|2005||Ray D'Arcy||Best Irish DJ at the Meteor Awards||Won|
|2006||Ray D'Arcy||Best Irish DJ at the Meteor Awards||Won|
|2006||The Ray D'Arcy Show||Community/Social Action award at the PPI Irish Radio Awards||Won|
|2007||Ray D'Arcy||Best Irish DJ at the Meteor Awards||Won|
|2007||The Ray D'Arcy Show||Best Light Entertainment Programme award at the PPI Irish Radio Awards||Won|
|2008||Ray D'Arcy||Best Irish DJ at the Meteor Awards||Nominated|
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- "Na Bainisteoirí/ The Managers". Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
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- "‘Violent and disturbing’ – Ray D’Arcy interviews Cathal Pendred, clearly isn’t an MMA fan: The Irish middleweight had to debunk a number of myths about mixed martial arts on Today FM this morning". The Score. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- "D'Arcy: I'd emigrate if Kenny was Taoiseach". Evening Herald. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
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- "Snow Patrol big winners at Meteors". Radió Telefís Éireann. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2007.
- "Eight awards in a row for Westlife". Daily Star. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2008.
- "Recognising the Best in Irish Radio Broadcasting". PPI Radio Awards 2006.
|Host of The Rose of Tralee
Dáithí Ó Sé