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22 Dec 2014;  Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor Ormond. Celebrity Ward Walk 2014. Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

22 Dec 2014; Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor Ormond. Celebrity Ward Walk 2014. Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

22 Dec 2014; Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor Ormond. Celebrity Ward Walk 2014. Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Model and blogger Pippa O'Connor has admitted that the first Christmas without her mother will be tough.

Pippa's mum, Louise, passed away unexpectedly in October at the age of 61.

In her absence, her family will spend Christmas Day at Pippa and her husband Brian Ormond's house in Kildare, and they said it will be nice to have all the family together.

"It's still so hard to believe it to be honest - it's only been nine weeks," Pippa told the Herald.

"People have been sympathising with me. It's been tough, I've obviously never been in this situation before so I don't know how long it takes.

"It's difficult, particularly in the build-up to Christmas. It's not nice," she added.

While Pippa (29) wishes she'd had the chance to say goodbye, she still remembers the last conversation she had with her beloved mum, who died of a suspected heart attack.

"Not being able to have that one last goodbye conversation with her, that's very tough," Pippa said.

"She has rung me saying she had seen me somewhere and she'd really liked my make-up. She'd always wanted everything I was wearing.

"We'd said we'd meet up in the next couple of days and go shopping, and that was the very last time I spoke to her."

Pippa has credited her son, Ollie, with keeping her going through the tough times and she's looking forward to Christmas with him - although he doesn't know who Santa is just yet.

"He's only 20 months so he doesn't know who Santa is," Pippa laughed.

Pippa and Brian are both busy with work and don't have any plans to have a sibling for young Ollie just yet.

"I've loads happening in the New Year, so I'm not feeling the rush yet to have another baby," Pippa said.

Brian revealed that while he won't be working with the National Lottery any more, he's pitching ideas to RTE all the time, and even wants to do a show with Pippa in the future.

"I was doing the National Lottery draws as well and I'd said, 'Right, it's time to move on from that,' and then obviously I was waiting to hear who got the new show," he said.

"RTE called and said that Nicky [Byrne] got it and best of luck to him.

"It's great for him to get a new show, because any of the shows I've ever done have been there for a while - like Winning Streak or Big Money Game - so it's great he's getting a brand new one.

"We're working on trying to do something together as well - but not a reality show."

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