Doireann Garrihy was in New York when lockdown began.
hen she came home, there was a big choice to make: would she move in with her boyfriend, Paddy? They hadn't been planning to live together yet but needs must and the thought of isolating away from him wasn't something she wanted either.
"We said 'are we going to be locked down together or are we not?' and we thought we may as well do it. So we took the plunge and it's actually been great," she tells the Sunday Independent.
"It's not a normal circumstance, he definitely likes to do his own thing, and to meet up with the lads, and I'm the same.
"A lot of it has been knowing when we both need space to be by ourselves but we have the knack of that. And I think if our relationship can withstand this, it can withstand anything."
Work has been a comforting constant for her. She continues to present the 2FM Breakfast show with Eoghan McDermott, with him working mainly from his home and her co-presenting in studio.
"Anyone who's craving any bit of normality, they're tuning in and we get texts from people saying that they don't have to be up but they get up to listen because it just puts a bit of form on the morning for them," she says.
"Eoghan is at home at the moment because he has better equipment there and the show sounds better with him at home and me in the studio.
"I have somewhere to be and a reason to leave the house, and that's been a huge help for me too."
In addition to the radio show, her podcast, The Laughs Of Your Life, consistently tops the charts and she has a huge social media following.
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It's been a meteoric rise for a presenter who just a few years ago was as an entertainment reporter in Spin 1038.
It was a Facebook video of her doing impressions of various Irish stars like Pippa O'Connor that seemed to propel her into the big leagues of broadcasting.
She has a tremendous facility for mimicry and while she says they were mostly well received, she adds some people saw them differently than the work of male impressionists.
"I've noticed that where Oliver Callan or Mario Rosenstock will get a pat on the back, I'll sometimes get 'oh, she must be jealous' or people asking me what is my problem with the person and I'm thinking, oh my god, I have no problem with them, I'm just having fun with the impression. I don't have a personal problem with them. That's how comedy works."
Doireann grew up in Castleknock where her parents ran two ferry companies.
She's the youngest of three girls - sister Aoibhin is an actor - and Doireann studied drama and theatre at Trinity College. She pursued acting after college but found the process of auditions and rejection difficult.
"I'd gotten to the stage with acting where I didn't feel open to feedback about the way I look and the way I stand," she recalls.
"My sister had warned me about it. If I didn't get something, I'd get it into my head that I wasn't thin enough."
Broadcasting seemed like a natural move. "In radio, I felt it didn't matter what I look like. I didn't feel the same kind of insecurity. On radio it doesn't matter what you look like, I'm very relaxed."
Her naturally effervescent presenting style has made her one of the biggest up-and-coming stars of Irish broadcasting.
Last December she was one of five women who were reported to be in the running to take over Ray D'Arcy's Saturday night television slot. She says she didn't feel that they were being pitted against each other based on gender.
"I mean look, they obviously decided they wanted a woman in the slot but if they had no women, that would be commented on as well.
"I've never felt I'm pitted against other women.
"Without tooting my own horn, my career has had a fast ascent. They obviously had it made up in their minds that they were going to have a female host and it was this whole thing of who will it be, who's better, who has more experience. Sometimes you can second guess everything. I try to take the attitude that if it's really for me, it won't pass me by. I probably should have been enraged but I try not to be like that."
With success has come increased scrutiny - and the inevitable haters on social media.
Back in October 2018, the social media star was called a "man stealer" after fake WhatsApp voice notes claimed she stole her former boyfriend Joe Melody from another woman.
Doireann was sent the voice notes where the unfounded allegation was made and they deeply distressed her.
"It had an effect on me for a good few months and I kept thinking, what do I do, and I stayed silent for a good while.
"But I wanted to burst and I just wanted to say to these people stop sharing these things, they are not true.
"It taught me a lesson that just because someone follows you on social media doesn't mean that they like you.
"It was important to block the people and the words because I was getting into refreshing my phone every few minutes and it was shit for my family too because they saw how much it was affecting me."
Family is important to her and she says that her relationship with her two older sisters, Aoibhin and Ailbhe, has changed over time.
"Now that we're older and we don't live together, we get on great. We fight the odd time, of course, like any siblings, but our mother always told us: 'friends come and go, boyfriends come and go, but you'll always have each other'."
She turns 28 this month and it seems like a moment for taking stock.
"I feel like I've done a lot for my age," she says.
"If I'm doing breakfast radio for the next 10 years, I'll still be happy but at the same time I'm not afraid to leave something either without having another gig to go to.
"I'm excited about the future and that's a nice feeling."
'2FM Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan' is on weekdays 6am-9am