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Wednesday 17 October 2018

D'Arcy's Ray of sunshine

Radio show broadcasts from Carlingford

Jane McEvoy (left), Sarah Mallon, Mary Woods, Lorraine Hughes and Elizabeth McDaid meet Ray D'Arcy during his Discover Ireland Feel Good tour held in Carlingford.
Jane McEvoy (left), Sarah Mallon, Mary Woods, Lorraine Hughes and Elizabeth McDaid meet Ray D'Arcy during his Discover Ireland Feel Good tour held in Carlingford.

The Ray D'Arcy/Discover Ireland Feel Good tour hit Carlingford and Cooley Peninsula last Thursday and Friday.

The tour kicked off on Thursday night with the feel good movie – Dirty Dancing (voted by listeners) – and was screened in the 100 seater mobile cinema.

Feel good images sent in by listeners from the area were also featured on the big screen and included local smiley babies, Kevin Woods in retirement on his motorbike and a very relaxed Abi McSherry on her hammock complete with bottle of beer!

The night was a huge success and the audience retired for craic to PJ's afterwards where Ray was said to be very impressed with the local pub.

The show was broadcast live from the village the next morning, and the audience participated fully throughout the show with competitions, Fix it Friday and Irish comedian PJ Gallagher's attempts to taste the famous Carlingford Lough oyster had the audience in hysterics!

Recent Meteor best Irish male award winner Mick Flannery regained some composure to the show with a stunning cover of 'The River'.

Speaking after the show Ray said: 'The crowd here in Carlingford have been spectacular! They exceeded all of our expectations for the day.

'I've been to Carlingford before. It's a great area, with amazing scenery. I went out to Greenore for a jog this morning before the show. I met a local fireman, Brian Smith, who was out jogging too. He was training for the Dublin marathon which I am taking part in myself this year. I said that I might see him at the marathon!'

Frances Taylor of the Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office commented: 'Ray constantly remarked what a beautiful place this was and the whole crew appeared to enjoy themselves here.

'This kind of promotion is invaluable and it is important that, although we have received a huge amount of national publicity this year, we don't rest on our laurels.

'Our visitor stats reflect that up to 70% is return business which indicates that we are getting it right. The tourism providers strive to raise standards here and remain committed to delivering an excellent visitor experience.'

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