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'I'm not planning to quit RTE,' vows Ray D'Arcy

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Ray D'Arcy. Picture Andres Poveda

Ray D'Arcy. Picture Andres Poveda

Ray D'Arcy. Picture Andres Poveda

When he was a kid, Ray D'Arcy felt sure he was going to be a doctor and the coronavirus pandemic has been a reminder of his thwarted ambitions.

"From the age of 10, to the time I did my Leaving Cert, I was convinced I was going to go into medicine," the veteran broadcaster recalls. "I was a point short when it came to the Leaving Cert and I didn't go to a school where there was a culture of repeating, so that was that. At times like this, you do wonder about the road less travelled, however."

Medicine's loss was broadcasting's gain. While he has continued to broadcast his popular afternoon radio programme - Christy Moore's appearance was a recent highlight - Ray's life has still been impacted by the lockdown. "Some days I go for a run and the sun is shining and I feel amazing, but then I open the paper and see that 41 people have lost their lives and it's horrific. Logistically, it's affected things in RTE. We were told to come in after the Ryan Tubridy team had gone home.