Earlier in the week Muireann O’Connell shared the sad news that her father had passed away, posting a beautiful tribute to him on her Instagram.
She revealed that he sadly passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family after battling cancer.
This weekend she shared an emotional post to say thank you to all who have got in touch and helped over the past week.
Posting a series of pictures and videos of her beloved father she said; “This was a week I got to spend with my parents in their beloved Cromane. It was less than 7 months ago and now my dad is gone.”
“I don’t quite get how this is real.”
Continuing the presenter shared her gratitude to everyone for their support; “Thank you so much to everyone who has gotten in contact. I’m so sorry I haven’t been back to you. It’s all a bit overwhelming at the moment.”
“There were so many people I didn’t thank in the eulogy because I have never written one before.”
Muireann also reflected on how it’s always difficult to lose a parent, but even more so during a pandemic when our contact with others is so limited at a time we need it most.
“I didn’t get to sit down with Brendan’s family and friends to have the chats about him. Dying in a pandemic is sh*t. Dying at any time is sh*t but to everyone who’s lost someone in the last year, I feel you.”
“Losing a parent is something you think about but can’t know the feeling until it happens to you. It is destroying.”
As people are unable to gather to mourn properly at the moment the Six O’Clock Show host revealed hat people dropping over food has meant so much; “I wish Dad could have had a proper funeral but people have been amazing; I didn’t realise how important food was in all of this but the countless sandwiches, buns, dinners that have been dropped in mean the world.”
“Thank you to everyone, everyone who has helped us and reached out in this turgid time.”
She also added; “I didn’t get to thank all of the medical staff who had helped dad in the eulogy because I just couldn’t think about the end of his life a half an hour before we put him in the ground but they are the best of humankind.”
“Thank you, again, to everyone who has been in contact. It means more than I will ever be able to express, to my whole family.”
Our thoughts go out to Muireann and her family at this difficult time.