Dara Ó Briain told Miriam O'Callaghan on Friday night's Late Late Show that he is "very proud" as he watches from London at how Ireland has pulled together to deal with the Covid-19 emergency.

On a night when the Late Late paid tribute to the women and men of our frontline services, and Miriam O'Callaghan guest presented for Ryan Tubridy, 

Dara Ó Briain did his best to keep people's spirits up as they came to terms with the new restrictions in the war against Covid-19.

"I'm very proud of how Ireland has done this," he told O'Callaghan. 

"We love a compliment in Ireland; we love being told we're doing some things very, very well. But generally, as a model of social cohesion and a model of dealing with a situation well, you've done brilliantly."

In a bid to make viewers smile, the comedian and presenter said he had presumed he had Covid-19 "at least 15 times over the last fortnight".

"You know, with any kind of vague surge in temperature or any strange feeling I've got - 'That's me now, that's me with the coronavirus now!'

"My wife [Susan, an NHS doctor] doesn't even raise her head from the laptop when she's working to even check my symptoms! It's like, 'Yeah, ok!'

"If I get it - it may happen - I will get to look back over at least a dozen instances where I've looked at myself in the mirror and gone, 'That's it! That's it! I've definitely got it now!' And it turns out I hadn't at all!"

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