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Chef Donal Skehan and his family are back home in Dublin

Chef Donal Skehan and his family are back home in Dublin

Chef Donal Skehan and his family are back home in Dublin

Celebrity chef Donal Skehan has said he and his family are "very relieved" to be finally home after a "crazy" few days making their way from Los Angeles as the worldwide Covid-19 crisis deepens.

Donal, his Swedish wife Sofie and their two children, Noah (2) and five-month-old Oliver, arrived back in Dublin yesterday.

"We're all very relieved to be finally home and un- believably grateful to be close to family, albeit through a window," said Donal.

He said they had had a "crazy, nerve-racking and stressful" few days.

When the family's planned Wednesday flight home via Amsterdam was cancelled, the couple scrambled and hastily booked a replacement flight on Thursday from Los Angeles to Paris and then on to Dublin.

Their dog, Max, who got home to Dublin before them, has been at the home of Donal's parents, Dermot and Liz, where he has been getting to know his doppelganger.

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"When Max came out to us in California, my parents got a new dog, Jake, or as we call him, Fake Max," Donal said.

"He really does look eerily like Max, but the two of them have apparently been getting on just brilliantly."

Now that they are safely home, and with their fridge filled in advance by the family, the weekend will be about resting up and unpacking.

There might also be an Easter egg hunt for Noah and Oliver.

Family friend Arthur Gourounlian, who is married to presenter Brian Dowling, will self-isolate with the Skehans and help look after the children.