A 65-year-old man has returned home to Buncrana in Co Donegal, after spending two weeks in hospital with Covid-19.

Donal Bradley spent one of those weeks on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit of University Hospital Galway, but he was allowed to go home on Friday morning.

His daughter Julie said he is very weak and tired, but he is glad to be home in his own bed.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, she said his recovery has given the town a much needed boost.

"It's a close community. We turned the corner into where we live and everybody was standing there with banners, he got a great welcome. It was a great boost and it gave everyone in the town a boost as well".


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Ms Bradley said she had a few "particularly bad days" during her father's time in hospital and that she, her mother and her sister had to self isolate.

She said the community was a big help.

"It was very hard, probably the hardest week ever", she said.

"We were distraught as a family. There was a lot of support in the small town that we're in, friends, family and colleagues", she said.

"In Ireland, when people die, there's a process, and it's a very comforting one. But the thought of what happens now ... it was just absolutely horrifying".

Ms Bradley paid tribute to the doctors and nurses that treated her father, saying they looked after him "extremely well".

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