Muireann O'Connell shares "guilt" after testing positive for Covid
It's the TV host's first Christmas since her father's passing.
Ireland AM star Muireann O'Connell has tested positive for Covid-19, and says that the guilt she is feeling is "overwhelming".
Taking to Instagram, Muireann wrote: "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.
"What I did manage to do was get covid so, not completely useless. Have been in isolation for the past few days and just had a confirmed PCR."
She explained that she is feeling "guilt" over the result.
"The guilt is overwhelming," she wrote. "It's bad enough thinking about having given this to someone, but at Christmas, it's horrendous. Not only that, but this is our first Christmas without Dad and I feel like the worst daughter."
She continued: "It was always going to 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."
She then sent solidarity to those who are in a similar boat.
"I know I'm not alone," she said. "I know right now there are people getting positive tests, people who have worked hard to make it home to see family and friends."
She added: "I’m so sorry, galz."
Muireann then finished off with a message of hope, and a reminder to her followers to take care and to be kind this Christmas.
She wrote: "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."