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'so lovely' Muireann O’Connell reunites with her mum after spending Christmas with Covid-19

It was her first Christmas without her late father Brendan


Muireann, with father Brendan who died in March

Muireann, with father Brendan who died in March

Muireann, with father Brendan who died in March

Muireann O’Connell has reunited with her mother after spending the festive season apart.

The Ireland AM presenter was struck down with Covid-19 just days before Christmas, but was able to see her mother to ring in the new year.

“We back bebe!” she captioned snaps of herself and her mother embracing.

“I’m not crying,” commented news reporter Zara King.

“This is so lovely,” added author Louise O’Neill.

Other famous faces such as Alan Hughes, Pamela Laird, Anna Geary and Darren Kennedy also send their love to the pair.

This year was the first Christmas the family spent without their late father Brendan who died in March following a battle with cancer.

Taking to Instagram Muireann revealed the “overwhelming guilt” she felt ahead of her first Christmas without her late father.

“Hello lovely people. Didn’t get to all my jobs before Christmas like, get the split ends chopped, the nails done or sort the emergency chocolates in case someone calls with a present for you and you don’t have one for them,” she said.

“What I did manage to do was get Covid so, not completely useless.”

“[I] just had a confirmed PCR. The guilt is overwhelming. It’s bad enough thinking about having given this to someone, but at Christmas… It’s horrendous.”

Racked with guilt about contracting the virus, the 38-year-old said she feels like the “worst daughter”.

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“Not only that but this is our first Christmas without Dad and I feel like the worst daughter.

“It was always gonna be shit but just being there would at least have been something. I was most looking forward to sitting in his chair with a mug of tea, watching his fav, The Quiet Man, whilst Marie played bridge on her iPad. I feel like I’ve failed them and it’s gonna be hard to make up for this."

“I know right now there are people getting positive tests, people who have worked hard to make it home to see family and friends. I’m so sorry, galz.

"But we persevere. We mask up. We say thank you to the frontline. We don’t forget them when pay talks come around after this pandemic. Because there will, some day, be an after. We be sound.”

“Smile when we can and try not to be arseholes to each other. Much love. Happy Christmas, wherever you’re gonna end up. I hope it’s somewhere nice,” she concluded.

Muireann spent Christmas at home with her new fiancé.

The pair got engaged in November after being loved up for some time now.

She has tried her best to keep her relationship with her ‘housemate’ as private as possible.

Speaking about their engagement on Ireland AM today, Muireann said: “I got engaged at the weekend. It was very lovely! He was trying to pick a romantic place, we were in the Europe Hotel, and then we were in our favourite hotel in Cromane, but nothing was right.

“Then I kept inviting my mother everywhere with us this weekend. He’d be like, ‘Come on let’s go for a walk,’ and I’d be like, ‘Mam come on let’s go!’

“He took his opportunity when we were standing in the kitchen and I was making a cup of tea. He got down on one knee, and yes, I did cry.”

“It took us years to get here, so the wedding will be in a decade,” she joked.

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