Tuesday 20 March 2018

'I had a fall on Nassau Street... and four people walked over me' - Shay Healy on living with Parkinson's disease

Shay Healy on The Late Late Show
Shay Healy on The Late Late Show

Shay Healy gave a moving account of life with Parkinson's disease on Friday night's Late Late Show.

The much-loved Irish journalist, broadcaster and musician was diagnosed with the disease in 2004.

Healy, who penned Johnny Logan's 1980 Eurovision hit, What's Another Year, and who hosted RTE's Nighthawks and Where Are They Now, spoke openly about the daily pain he endures.

"The tips of my fingers have gone numb, so I can't pick up peas if they fall on the floor. They stay on the floor. I can't do simple things like tie my laces anymore.

"So people get stopped on the streets [to tie my laces]. People have been so splendid about it."

He did, however recall a disturbing incident in which he fell in Dublin City Centre and four people stepped over him, ignoring him and the distressing situation.

"Except I had a fall on Nassau Street, I hit the kerb and I went full head-on and four people walked over me... the fifth person stopped."


Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disorder, for which there is no cure.

Shay spoke about how music and dancing has helped him with his disease and said he still feels at home on stage, where the pain seems to go away.

He then gave a moving rendition of his song Stardust, in which he sings about grieving a loved one.


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