Like many people across the country, Christy Moore has been missing the proximity of close family members during the Covid-19 pandemic - listen above.

On The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1, the renowned folk singer lifted the lid on what he has missed the most during this period of social distancing and how he has been trying to keep busy whilst cocooning.

"Most of all I miss hugs. And I miss being able to hug my grandchildren and our children; you know, I miss that," he told Ryan.

"At least we can talk to each other on the phone and once a week my son and his wife bring the two grandchildren and they park outside and we talk to them from the hall door. And that can be the highlight of the week."

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He has also been making efforts to keep fit through the memory of exercise routines taught to him by fitness trainer Karl Henry over a decade ago, which he dubs his "own kind of Kildare version of yoga".

But he also expressed frustration at those who have flouted protocols regarding social and physical distancing.

"It's like as if those people are spitting at the nation. In a way, you know, they’re saying, 'We don’t mind, we’re above all this. We’re going to go away for the weekend. We’re going to go out and keep our jollies going’. That makes me feel sad and frustrated. Even a little bit angry sometimes," he says.

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Moore also paid tribute to the late folk musician John Prine who died on 7 April due to complications caused by COVID-19, recalling chance meetings at Shannon Airport and a BBC Awards Show, remembering him as "the most gentle and beautiful of men". 

Listen back to more from The Ryan Tubridy Show here.