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'It's important to embrace change' - Sharon Corr's lockdown as a single parent

Madrid-based Sharon Corr talks to Barry Egan about 'idiot politicians', online chats with her siblings, wearing a nightdress half the day, and how hard it is self-isolating with two kids on her own following the break-up of her marriage

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Sharon Corr attends the Inunez fashion show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 at Ifema on January 28, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/WireImage)

Sharon Corr attends the Inunez fashion show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 at Ifema on January 28, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/WireImage)

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The Corrs' last LP was Jupiter Calling

The Corrs' last LP was Jupiter Calling

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Sharon Corr attends the Inunez fashion show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 at Ifema on January 28, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/WireImage)

A Spring day in 2002 at the Corrs' family home in Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk. Gerry, the daddy, reminisces that he was known as The Weirdy Beardy in the local newspaper for his "unpopular" stance in support of a centre for Travellers in Dundalk in the late 1960s.

"The concept was a Habilitation Centre to help Travellers transfer from a life in the ditch to a house in the settled community," says Gerry. "Sadly, the Nimby [Not In My Back Yard] factor triggered in, like elsewhere in Ireland."

I ask him was his wife Jean attracted to his idealism.