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Eamonn Holmes: Northern Ireland Troubles motivated me

By Maureen Coleman

Viewers' favourite Eamonn Holmes has said that growing up during the Troubles as a curious teenager was a major influence on his successful career.

He was speaking after being voted News Presenter of the Year for his Sky News Sunrise programme by the prestigious Television and Radio Industries Club.

The Belfast man's career spans 33 years, making him the longest-serving television anchorman in the UK.

Picking up his award at a star-studded ceremony at London's Grosvenor House on Park Lane, he said: "Since I was 11, being a news presenter was all I wanted to do, even though it seemed like an impossible dream.

"I've no doubt that being a teenager growing up in the Northern Ireland Troubles of the 1970s and having a very strong sense of being affected by them, and wanting to question and explain them, was a motivating factor for me."

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