Jonnie Irwin inundated with praise as he shares 'highlight of the summer' amid 'unwell' health update

Jonnie Irwin and pals

Jonnie Irwin and pals enjoy a day out at the cricket

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 14/09/2023

- 10:57

The TV presenter has been branded an "inspiration" following his latest update

Jonnie Irwin was all smiles as he headed out for a day at the cricket with a group of pals this week.

The presenter, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2020, shared a series of snaps from his time watching the England cricket team's one day international against New Zealand at the Oval in London.

Joining Irwin in the photos was former England cricketer and Dancing on Ice contestant Ryan Sidebottom alongside his friends.

The event was clearly an enjoyable one for Irwin as he branded it a "highlight" of his summer.

Irwin wrote alongside the series of snaps on Instagram: "Had the best day in awesome company.

"Thanks to @ryansidebottom_official and @engagegroup_uk who made the whole experience a massive highlight of my summer. #oval #cricket #engvnz."

Jonnie Irwin

Jonnie Irwin has been branded an 'inspiration' for his positive attitude


Irwin shared three smiley snaps alongside his cohorts from inside and outside the ground while he also included a snapshot of the action taking place on the pitch.

Before long, a number of fans rushed to praise the 49-year-old for his upbeat attitude and positive demeanour after he admitted he was feeling "unwell" over the weekend.

One fan praised: "You (know) what, Johnny. You are living whilst so many of us are just existing… and I for one have no excuse! Love to you and yours xx."

While a second echoed: "Great you had fun for yourself, keep strong Jonnie, thousands of people walking with you."

"You are just one walking, talking and smiling inspiration," a third complimented.

"Looking good Jonnie. So great seeing your lovely smile," added a fourth while a fifth weighed in: "You're looking better every day, Jonnie!"

Irwin's day out comes just days after he sparked concern among his fans after he admitted to feeling unwell as he continues to live with his terminal diagnosis.

In a post alongside his children earlier this week, Irwin admitted: "Been pretty unwell this past week but felt better this morning.

Ryan sidebottom joined Jonnie Irwin

Jonnie Irwin posed for snaps with his pals on his day out


"So headed off to watch some Monster trucks. Kids loved it, got soaked in the rain, quick change when we got home to go again at a Christening party. Full on Sunday." (sic)

Irwin regularly updates his followers on how his life is going while living with cancer.

He went public with his diagnosis in November 2022 after the disease spread from his lung to his brain.

Irwin has been renovating his Newcastle home in order to optimise the space for his wife Jess and their three young sons, Rafa, Rex and Cormac.

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