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Former RTE editor Cliodna O’Flynn lives in Tenerife now

Former RTE editor Cliodna O’Flynn lives in Tenerife now

Former RTE editor Cliodna O’Flynn lives in Tenerife now

A former RTE editor is the voice of the coronavirus warning system in the Canaries

Cliodna O'Flynn's dulcet tones boom across the streets of south Tenerife from a patrol van.

In no uncertain terms, she tells the locals to "stay at home" and "do not leave your house".

The freelance journalist works for the communications department of the local council in Adeje and her multilingual expertise was called upon two weeks ago

She is now responsible for translating all of the health information bulletins from Spanish into German and English.

Speaking from her home on the island, Cliodna described her friends sending her videos of the van broadcasting her warnings to locals and ex-pats.

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"It's amusing and a bit odd," she said.

The 58-year-old is currently in lockdown with her daughter Brianna (15).

While Tenerife has been her home for 20 years, her heart is with Ireland and she still listens to RTE's Morning Ireland every day.

"I work in the communications department for one of the local councils in Adeje," she said.

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Cliodna worked with the late, great Marian Finucane

Cliodna worked with the late, great Marian Finucane

Cliodna worked with the late, great Marian Finucane

"When the coronavirus struck about two weeks ago I got a call to voice up the instructions.

"I had people phoning me up and sending me videos of my van patrolling the streets and my voice telling everyone to get back inside."

Cliodna is no stranger to broadcasting having worked with Ireland's greatest, including Marian Finucane and Gay Byrne.

"I was one of the editors on Morning Ireland and I took a year-long career break and came to Tenerife in September 1999. I'm here ever since," she said.

"When you work in news you move around a lot so I was a producer on The Pat Kenny Show and Liveline.

"I worked with Marian Finucane for years. I was desperately sad to hear of her passing.

"She was one in a million, totally unique and such a fantastic person.

"She was an amazing broadcaster, as was Gay Byrne.

"Both of them were astonishing professionals and that's what made them such an easy listen on air."