Coronavirus in Ireland – Rory Cowan ‘very sad’ as he reveals aunt passed away due to Covid-19

Rory said his Aunt Nancy had passed away due to the coronavirusCredit: Virgin Media

FAIR City's Rory Cowan has opened up about his aunt Nancy who passed away due to the coronavirus.

Speaking on The Six O'Clock Show with Muireann O'Connell and Martin King, the former Mrs Brown's Boy star said he was "very sad" when he heard the news.

He said: "Late last night my cousin's daughter sent me a message on Twitter, my aunty Nancy she died God love her.

"She died in a nursing home of the coronavirus so I was very sad to hear that because all of my mother's family her brothers and sisters and their husbands and wives are all dead now, Nancy was the last one.

"Unfortunately I don't know what way the funeral arrangements are going to be but I'm assuming that we're not going to be able to go so it wouldn't be as big as the one she deserved.

"She was a lovely woman so I just assume there's going to be a remembrance service later in the year.

"It sort of hits home how bad this really is that we have an aunt in a nursing home and it's not old age that gets her, it's not an illness that she already had, it's the coronavirus.

Rory said he was very sad to hear of her passing


"Anybody can get it and people have to be so careful.

"She was in there because she was old and she needed care but to go with this, nobody deserves this death."

Rory also spoke about the importance of social distancing.

He continued: "I haven't spoken to anybody face to face since the 15th of March.

"I've been out walking within the two kilometre radius of my house and I've been going to the shops but I've been keeping away from anybody and I haven't spoken to anyone face to face unless I'm in the supermarket and this what you have to do at this time."


The sad news comes after the former Mrs Brown's Boys star told of his relief that his late mother is not around to see Covid-19 sweep the country.

His beloved mum Esther, 85, passed away in 2018 after a long battle with dementia in which she needed round the clock help in her own home.

The Dubliner told the Irish Sun: “I’m glad my mother is not around for this because she wouldn’t have been aware of what was going on.

“They might have gotten sick themselves and had to say ‘Listen I can’t look after your mother’.

“She’d never have understood if the carers had come in and kept a distance from her. That would have upset her.

“You see the main thing about my mother was that she needed contact with people. She needed to be washed and changed.

“That would have left me in a tough situation, because you couldn’t have an old vulnerable person on her own."

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