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‘overwhelming guilt’ Muireann O’Connell reveals she contracted Covid ahead of first Christmas without her dad

Her father died in March after a battle with cancer


Muireann O’Connell has revealed the “overwhelming guilt” she feels as she confirms she tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of her first Christmas without her late father.

Taking to Instagram, the Ireland AM presenter said she hasn’t been able to do any of her usual Christmas preparations.

“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.”

Muireann said she has been in isolation for days now.

“[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”.

“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."

As thousands of people have tested positive for the virus in the last few days as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly, she said she knows she is not alone.

“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.”

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“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’s father Brendan died in March following a battle with cancer.

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