Staying In Tomorrow?


Writer Michael Harding

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Rayna Connery writes:

EastEnders icon Pasty Palmer joins Ray to chat about her recent return to Albert Square, far from her glamorous life in Malibu.

Kodaline frontman Steve Garrigan and author Diana Bunici join Ray in their first joint TV appearance to discuss their role as ambassadors for mental health initiative ‘Walk In My Shoes.’

Award winning author Michael Harding talks to Ray about his latest memoir ‘Chest Pain’ and how his heart attack last year gave him a new perspective on life.

Ray’s joined by two teenage climate ambassadors, Alicia O’Sullivan and Jack O’Neill, who represented Ireland at the UN Youth Climate Summit in New York this week.

Ray meets the Australian woman Michelle Bourke, who’s making international headlines by flatpacking a cutout of her late husband and bringing it on her travels around the world to fulfil his dying wish.

Former Squeeze and Mike and the Mechanics legend Paul Carrack will perform a special arrangement of ‘The Living Years’, accompanied by Cór Linn.

*begins hunger strike*

The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9.50pm..


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23 thoughts on “Staying In Tomorrow?

    1. Charlie

      If he shut up about his heart attack and Christy Dignam shut up about his drug addiction, we could all get some peace.

  1. Paulus

    Harding has faced his own challenges; and got men talking ’bout stuff for the good of their mental health.
    BUT; he’s been hawking his cute hoor, faux-gormless shtick around for quite a while now.

    He’s had a better life than he thinks he’s had; his columns feature a lot of dinner parties and late-night intimate conversations with ladies in hotel Resident’s Lounges.
    Nice work if you can get it.

  2. Itchysays

    I had a massive heart attack (my cardiologists words, not mine) years ago, I was a month away from turning 40….my cardiologist said I was the luckiest person he’d dealt with in years in relation to proximity to St James and the ambulance speed as he reckoned I had 12 minutes left in me.
    Most but not all my friends knew of this as they informed each other, I didn’t go around announcing it as I hadn’t come to terms with what it meant for the rest of my life and the changes that would ensue. So I let it go and eventually it was just something from my past.
    I had 2 stents fitted as my left artery was 100% blocked……this was all stress related, not drugs or drink etc

    It did change my life, but not in the way most people would think it would, I didn’t go climbing mountains or Bungee jumping…but I realise the meaning of that Dublin saying ” sure you could get hit by a 46A crossing the road tomorrow !”
    I realised life IS that short and unpredictable and sometimes theres nothing you can do about go out and try to enjoy everything you do if you can.

    Anyway, the point I’m badly making here is…I feel for Michael Harding and what it has meant to him or changed in his life etc
    But FFS ……stop going on about it as if he’s the only person who’s experienced it !
    I did rehab with about 20 others, all of which were much older than myself, overweight and simply unfit yet none of them had an actual heart attack, they had heart disease or Angina, it used to puzzle me as to how they had gotten away with not having one ?
    So, Michael, I know you think you’re doing a service by making men ‘aware’ of the possibility of having a similar experience, but enough now.
    Use something else to sell your books…….you wore that particular record out long ago.

    Speaking of records…..Abbey Road !
    Now theres a good one…..

    1. Roger Opinions

      …some people have a long night of the soul and some people learn that lesson too late.

      Life is perspective and luck and…

      Ferris Bueller has a line in a filum about it.

  3. Itchysays

    No problem Bodger, I’m not even sure why I felt the need to say ‘enough Michael’ but I know I have felt like saying it for a long time…and so have others I know that have had open-heart surgery of the worst kind.
    True empathy is as simple as listening or maybe just nodding your head when someone tells you their woes etc
    But its hard for anyone to feel that when youre constantly being flogged the same dead horse.

    Glad I got that off my chest…….pun intend ! :)

    I left my wallet and glasses in a taxi last night after the bash in the Harcourt Hotel to say goodbye to our friend Gavin Ralston who passed away from cancer …..anyone seen them ! :P

  4. Itchysays

    Ha, thanks Bodger.
    The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was look to BS ….. could I be so lucky !?

    I don’t think the taxi driver was of the BS kind :) but anyway I have spare glasses and I’ll get new cards etc
    Thanks for the offer, very kind of you

    Have a great weekend everyone, its the only one you’re going to have this week, until the next.

    1. shayna

      Hey, Itchysays, there’s not one god-damned thing wrong about checking out first thing – I do. It led me to be re-united with a school chum I hadn’t seen for 30ish years, he lives in San Fransisco – reads BS in his lunch hour, saw my name – put 2 & 2 together – knew it was me? I went to his Dad’s funeral recently in Tyrone – Conor was there – it was a 30 year old hug.

  5. Lilly

    Michael Harding may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he’s never boring. I caught the tail end of D’arcy and had a laugh. I’m glad that heart attack didn’t finish him off.

    He’s also a beautiful, evocative writer, as this recent piece from the Irish Times shows:

    He could do with tidying up the beard though.

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