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RTE presenter John Murray talks frankly about his depression

The RTE Radio One presenter returned to his 9am radio slot today and spoke to listeners about how badly he had been affected by the illness.

John Murray in studio this morning
John Murray in studio this morning
Image: Brian McEvoy

RTE RADIO ONE host John Murray has spoken frankly about the depression which left him unable to work for more than six months.

The broadcaster returned to his 9am slot this morning after an extended sick leave and opened his show by explaining to listeners how badly he had been affected by the illness.

After beginning with a brief joke about Roy Keane, Murray said it was great to be back on air and thanked his family, friends and production staff for their support over the previous months, before explaining how he had been affected.

Murray described how quickly the depression and anxiety had hit him.  ”One minute I’m happily presenting this radio show and enjoying life, the next I’m… gripped with anxiety with the simplest task proving beyond me,” he said.

“Depression doesn’t just drop in for a quick hello and run for the hills,” he said. “It took a fancy to me… and boy did it make its presence felt.”

He said that one of the worst times of day had been the mornings “when the day ahead became something to endure rather than enjoy”.

He thanked all the people who had sent him cards, emails, mass cards and letters of support for “helping me get back here this morning” and urged anyone experiencing depression or anxiety to reach out and talk to someone.

His wife Miriam Donohoe tweeted to thank listeners for supporting John:

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Many Twitter users also tweeted their support for his openness in discussing his illness.

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