Presenter Mary Kennedy used her time on Monday's Claire Byrne Live on RTÉ One to reassure viewers that having "good and bad days" is all part of life during the Covid-19 emergency.

"We're not going to feel good about this every day," she said.

"Today [Monday] wasn't a great day. Tomorrow will be a nice day because it's my daughter's birthday. We will have a Zoom gathering with the family.

"It's funny... I can wake up full of the joys and full of purpose and structure, and then some days it just doesn't work. And it didn't really work today. But, you know, tomorrow will be better."

When asked why Monday had "fallen apart", Kennedy replied: "It didn't actually fall apart at all; I just didn't have the 'oomph' that I had last week.

"Actually, what I think happened was I had set myself the tasks of clearing the house and decluttering and last Friday I did the last room and the garden is done. And now I really have to, I suppose, reinvent myself again. And it does come down to having that structure. I'm doing bits of writing and that, but definitely keeping in touch with loved ones - it matters a lot to me."

Kennedy is part of the Age Action initiative called The Getting Started Kit, which helps to put people in touch online with their friends and loved ones. 

"It's aimed at older people who up to this may have relied on the phone and being with their families and seeing their grandchildren and that's not possible anymore," she explained. "It is a game-changer for a lot of people who can see their loved ones and who can kind of interact with them in a visual sense.

"I would never have won any medals for technology or any of those kind of Zooms or WhatsApps before any of this. It is a great tool, a great aid. 

"You just do what you have to do, and it's working. It would be lovely to be hugging and holding people, but when you can't, it really is nice to see them."  

Watch the show on the RTÉ Player.