Kathleen Watkins has shared her daily routine, which includes working on a collection of poems for Gill Books and clearing out her late husband Gay's Byrne's office - listen above.

Speaking to Ray D'Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1, Kathleen spoke of her days cocooning, and the importance of exercise, television - and poetry. 

"I'm doing my best in more ways than one," she said.

"I'm alone of course. My daughter Suzy is filling my fridge regularly and my niece is flying around looking after the three widowed Watkins sisters so we're all very spoiled and counting our blessings.

"Gill Books, following on from The Ordinary Woman at Christmas time, have asked me to put together another lot of poems so I've been very busy doing that.

"I've been tidying up Gay's office, where I'm speaking to you from now. After a lifetime of broadcasting there's a fair bit to tidy up

"I'm also putting together five lots of photographs for my five grandchildren, so they'll each have a box.

"I'm exercising a little bit of every hour if I can. That's the most important thing in my day, to keep moving. I've been watching a young man on Maura and Daithi in the afternoon. He speaks all the way through all of his  exercises and they're very doable, anyone could do them

"I'm keeping up with my pilates exercises too. I think the message is, quality more than quantity. It keeps me fit and it keeps the head clear as well."

Kathleen finished the interview with a reading on the Derek Walcott poem, Love After Love.

The time will come

When, with elation,

You will greet yourself arriving

At your own door, in your own mirror,

And each will smile at the other's welcome

The Ray D'Arcy Show, RTÉ Radio 1, Monday – Friday, 3 pm - 4.30 pm - listen back here.