Tuesday 27 September 2016

Ray D’Arcy: 'If I won the lotto tomorrow I would give up my job at RTE'

Published 13/08/2015 | 14:40

Ray D'Arcy
Ray D'Arcy

Ray D’Arcy may be excited to grab the helm of RTE’s Saturday night hot seat but he revealed he would give it all up if he won the lotto.

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The RTE Radio One presenter revealed that he would love to spend “all day, every day” with his children Kate (8) and Tom (3) and said he is not looking forward to his eldest going back to school in September.

“I love spending time with my kids. If I won the lotto tomorrow I would give up my job and spend all day every day with my children,” he said speaking at the launch of RTE’s Autumn/Winter schedule.

“Kate is brilliant. She’s entertaining, she’s funny, she’s stroppy, she’s independent, she questions authority. All those things that you’d like in a person except when they’re eight and they’re your daughter,” he said.

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After taking over the RTE radio afternoon slot earlier this year, Ray revealed that the family are looking forward to a break and will be staycationing, as usual, in Ireland from Saturday.

“We’re going on holidays on Saturday and we’re staying in Ireland.

“People slag myself and Jenny because over the past eight years we’ve holidayed nearly every year in Ireland,” he said.

“It’s hard to believe but we’ve gotten good weather every year. I’m fearful that our luck is about to run out.”

RTE’s new recruit revealed that his afternoon radio slot has given him the opportunity to consider expanding his career into television yet again, but in a much different capacity.

“It’s been exciting and nerve wrecking. There’s been good days and bad days and fortunately there’s been more good in the past while. That’s all you can hope for.

“Moving on to TV is the second chapter. It’s not much I’ve thought about but I suppose over the years people have asked me would I do a chat show.

“I could never have done this if I was at Today FM the workload would have been too much. Now that I’m on in the afternoon I can do early morning meetings and the kids are a bit older. It’s all good. It’s really exciting,” he said.

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