Joe Duffy said a show-must-go-on Friday's Late Late Show and reckons Ireland had discovered its "inner sliced pan" during the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.

Friday's show was described by host Ryan Tubridy as "a very different" and "rather peculiar" Late Late, which saw Duffy and the other guests also making up a studio audience of around 30. The 200 people who had been planning to be in Studio Four had been told to stay home.

Joining the Liveline presenter on both sides of the camera were satirist Oliver Callan, Dancing with the Stars' Deirdre O'Kane, country singer Cliona Hagan, The Cow Book author John Connell and Met Éireann's Gerry Murphy.

During a discussion about Ireland's response to Storm Emma, Duffy described Friday as "a mix between Good Friday and Christmas Eve".

"I think we discovered this week how different we are from mainland Europe, because in mainland Europe they would say the situation is serious but not hopeless," he continued.

"But we got to Wednesday and what happened on Wednesday/Thursday [was] the situation was hopeless but not serious!""The last cry was 'Please don't make any unnecessary journeys'; this week it was 'Please don't make any unnecessary sandwiches!'" he joked.

"There's this big movement in Ireland that we've changed. We're having lattes and frappés and cappuccinos and baguettes and almond croissants and Peshawari nans, and then when we got into the panic we discovered our inner sliced pan!

"Everyone went absolutely crazy. I don't know what they were doing with all the sliced pans!"

"Turning serious, Duffy went on to pay tribute to how the country had pulled together in the face of adversity."The response has been fantastic," he said.

"And let's hope it all pans out - pardon the pun - over the next few days."

"We won't get too dewy-eyed," Duffy concluded.

"But there are a lot of things to say this is an embracing country, and for all the downsides, when push comes to shove, we do link arms."

On the night, there was a Brennan's Family Pan for everyone in the audience, donated to the Peter McVerry Trust.

Watch the interview in full on the RTÉ Player.