Home > Showbiz > TV not much craic | Former rugby star Tommy Bowe takes time off from Ireland AM after contracting Covid'I ended up getting tonsillitis, couldn’t eat, couldn’t speak, lost a load of weight. It was pretty brutal, actually'Tommy BoweNeil FetherstonhaughWed 5 Jan 2022 at 10:53Former rugby player Tommy Bowe has been forced to take tie off from his presenting gig at Ireland AM, after being “knocked or six” by Covid-19The TV presenter tested positive for the virus after Christmas and described it as “not really not much craic is it”.Sharing the news on his Instagram Story, the Tommy said: “Hey everybody. I look so rough, I got Covid last week and it really knocked me for six…”“So, I ended up getting tonsillitis, couldn’t eat, couldn’t speak, lost a load of weight. It was pretty brutal, actually.”Read moreWhy it would be a major blow to racing if Mullins and Co pull out of Leopardstown next monthUnion chief insists teachers are not happy about returning to workGovernment instruct Nphet to review restrictive close contact rules for 'boosted' “So New Year’s wasn’t much craic for me, but thankfully the family and everybody else is OK…,” he explained.“I’ll just take a couple of days to rest up and I’ll be back on Ireland AM hopefully next week.“But yeah, turns out this Covid, it’s not really not much craic is it? Anyway happy New Year and hopefully see you all very soon!”Tommy's fellow Ireland AM host Muireann O’Connell tested positive for the virus last month, and spent Christmas in isolation. Today's HeadlinesJail birds | Kinahan lieutenant joins gangster moll partner behind bars following drug convictions'stupid' | Paedophile caught by decoy sting has prison term suspended on appeal gritty streets | Marvel actor Barry Keoghan out to prove he’s ‘Top Boy’ with new Netflix roleLove sick | Maura Higgins says she ‘may as well just go into Love Island again’ as she ‘couldn't be more’ singlelagging behind | EncroChat phone hack led to jailing of 400 UK criminals but no success in IrelandHarassment case | Gardai probe anti-vaxxer over ‘sinister’ threats made to FG senator Micheál Carrigy’s familyhomecoming | Chelsea set to bring London boy Raheem Sterling home as deal is expected todayWitness appeal | Innocent man has lucky escape after crime gang shoots up house in Offaly over debt Out of Con-trol | Muireann O’Connell hits back at ‘sexually provocative’ Liveline comments with hilarious videoGutted | Tommy Fury mocked as he is forced to pull out of Jake Paul clash over visa issuesTik-dock | Watch: Irish TikToker asks prisoners in van, 'how much will you give us to let you out'