"Between feeds and nappy changes, it's been quite nice to mix working in the office and at home," says proud new dad Stephen Daly, who's been keeping en eye on the weather for us - at home, literally - and playing tunes on RTÉ Gold.

"We've been quite busy due to a six-month-old keeping a constant level of anarchy going in house," adds the genial presenter.

He has got stuck into reading too, like many of us. "I’m a big fan of audio books, and usually fill my commute in and out with them, but no commute meant I was back to the old paper versions. No bad thing, as I rediscovered how great it is to get lost in a book. I’ve been reading a great series, Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. Think CSI in the world of Harry Potter. Also, the Slow Horses series by Mick Herron is top class, a spy thriller with a dark sense of humour.

"Gangs of London kept us going for a couple of weeks, and it’s been great getting lost in old favourites from RTÉ, the likes of Love/Hate, Bachelors Walk, Pure Mule. Watching The Late Late Show was a huge chance to feel connected to the rest of the country on a Friday night.

And for a soft watch, you can’t beat Brooklyn 99 on Netflix. I have also been getting as close to going to a gig as we can by watching some "live" performances on YouTube and on TV. Open the back door, and it's almost as good as being at a festival.

"Sports-wise, it’s been a huge hole in my weekend not having the soccer or rugby to enjoy, and we were just about to get into cricket season too. I’ve also become one of those... that’s right.. a runner!

"Slow and steady progress, and I’m yet to go all out for the tight running gear! Our social cricket team at Balbriggan cricket club should be getting back to some training in the next few weeks, which we’re all excited about. Otherwise, I’m very lucky to live beside the beach in Skerries, so a socially-distant walk with the dog has been a nice way to spend the afternoons.

Cooking up a storm: Stephen in the kitchen

"I love to cook and have found the time at home great for practicing my culinary skills. I'd say I'm a dab hand with a pan and ladle at this stage. I've found some great recipes on the RTÉ website, in particular those from the show Cook-in with Mark Moriarty on RTE One. Very normal, simple grub which tastes amazing.

"As a weather presenter at RTÉ, we’ve obviously still had to go in to the studio to bring the (mostly) good news, but we’ve also been producing our own 'Weather from Home' forecasts which have been great fun, though I’m sure the neighbours think I’ve lost the plot talking to myself in the garden.

"It’s been great too to broadcast on RTÉ Gold, as I think people have turned to the station in huge numbers for a little relief from the news. If you’ve not checked it out, it’s like the best mix-tape you’ll ever hear.

"As a listener, Will Leahy, Rick O'Shea, Keith Walsh and Michael Cahill are a great soundtrack to the day on RTÉ Gold (had to say it, didn’t I?) while Liveline, and the likes of Drivetime on RTÉ Radio 1 are great to keep up to date. Playback at the weekend is a super listen for the bits you’ve missed.

"I've also been using the time to learn Spanish, and it’s going well. When we’re eventually able to travel again, hopefully I’ll remember how to ask for una mesa para dos personas."