Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Tony Blair dreams of holiday at his ancestral Ballyshannon home

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair with wife Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair has told of her husband's dream to holiday with their four children in his ancestral home of Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

The 59-year-old wife of former prime minister Tony Blair returned to Irish shores for a whistlestop tour yesterday.

"I was here last year for the International Bar Association meeting in Dublin and I love coming here.

"I have brought my children here and my husband's real ambition is to take them back to Ballyshannon, where he used to go as a boy," she said.

"My own great-grandmother came from Co Cork also and her family were going to go to the US but never got further than Liverpool," Mrs Blair said.

There was a time when "Tony was just the husband of the MP candidate".

Mrs Blair contested the seat of North Thanet in Kent for Labour at the 1983 UK general election, losing to Conservative Roger Gale.

Her husband was unhappy in the short period when it looked like her political career would overtake his.

Mrs Blair flew over to Dublin to officially open Plan Ireland's exhibition, Her Story, with MTV presenter Laura Whitmore.

Her Story contains 36 images of girls up to 17 years of age, taken by Irish photographer Jason Clarke.

The exhibition features images of 18 Irish and 18 Sierra Leonean participants in their natural environments.

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