Claudine Keane has said a brush with coronavirus has given her a fresh perspective on time spent with family this Christmas and going into the new year.
The former model said she is taking the positives out of a tough year after her father was seriously ill with Covid-19 last April.
Denis Palmer has fully recovered, but he spent two weeks in ICU and developed a bad bout of pneumonia at the same time.
“It’s been the craziest year of my life. Unfortunately, Covid hit my own family, my dad was really, really ill at the start,” said Claudine.
“It was so shocking because it just seemed so far away and then it was right on our doorstep.
“I’m an emotional person anyway, and my family means everything and I was devastated that I couldn’t see him or be with him.”
Claudine was talking on former Big Brother winner Brian Dowling’s Big Camp Christmas Chats podcast.
She expressed her gratitude for the little positives this year gave her, such as being able to spend more time with her Irish football star Husband Robbie and their sons Robert Jr and Hudson.
“When I say Rob and myself, we never got to be together as much as we have been in the last few months, he was always travelling,” she said.
“So sometimes going back to the bare essentials can be good for the soul.
“Like Rob got to play with the kids in the garden for the summer.
“But it’s definitely a year I will look back on and think, ‘Wow, how did we get through it?’
“I’m trying my best to see the goodness, and people and communities came together and people raised a lot of money for charity.”
Claudine said Christmas this year means only one thing to her – family.
“That’s definitely what it means to me, particularly as someone who has lived away for so long,” she said.
Claudine said people are appreciating the little comforts in life now more than ever before.
“My plans are if we get a vaccine and everything is safe, just to start living life to the full,” she said.
“I’ll enjoy everything and appreciate everything. I’m really excited about the future now because it looks like there might be an end in sight.
“If it does, we’ll party into 2021.”