Wednesday 21 March 2018

Ray D'Arcy to sue for charity after jogging accident leaves him needing surgery

Today FM
presenter Ray
D'Arcy shows the
injuries he
sustained after he
tripped over the
stub of a signpost while out
Today FM presenter Ray D'Arcy shows the injuries he sustained after he tripped over the stub of a signpost while out jogging
The stub of a signpost that Ray tripped over

Lynne Kelleher

TODAY FM star Ray D'Arcy has revealed he is set to take legal action over a fall which has left him needing surgery to repair his broken nose.

The popular presenter said he has reluctantly decided to sue over his injured face -- but plans to donate any compensation to charity.

The radio jock took a tumble landing face-first on the pavement while jogging into work last week but bravely carried on and presented his breakfast show on Today FM.

He told how he took the nasty fall in the Clonskeagh area of Dublin during his morning run after tripping on the protruding stub of a signpost. He hasn't said who he plans to sue -- but he said it will be the people responsible for the sign.

The 47-year-old father of one said he has been told by his surgeon that he needs an operation next week to repair the damage.

He told listeners on his show: "It is bent but I am not worried about the aesthetic of it. He assures me if I leave the septum like that I will have sinus problems in the future.

"It was bad. There is going to be legal action. I have decided now."

He said his fiancee Jenny Kelly urged him to take up a listener's suggestion of claiming compensation for a charity when he found out he had to have surgery.

"When I came home and told Jenny that I had to have an operation and an anaesthetic, she said 'Now it's serious, get a solicitor's letter into those people and let's get it going'."

But the Kildare man -- who lives in Mount Merrion in Dublin -- said he was reluctant to go down the legal route.

"I'm not litigious. I don't feel right about doing that. But it could have been (worse) and you have to ensure it doesn't happen to someone else.

"Some people have suggested -- I shouldn't joke about this -- that there might have been some brain damage and my personality has changed in the last week", he said with a laugh.

The DJ regularly campaigns for charity on his show and helped to raise €2m as part of Today FM's Shave or Dye annual charity drive.

The broadcaster got engaged to partner and co-presenter Ms Kelly last Christmas.

Irish Independent

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