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Mum's the word as our local celebrities pay tribute

By Cate McCurry

Published 07/03/2016

Arlene with her mum Georgina
Arlene with her mum Georgina
Zoe Salmon

Arlene Foster was taken out for a Mother's Day treat yesterday - and had her heart melted by her youngest son Ben.

The DUP leader enjoyed Sunday lunch at the Killyhevlin Hotel in her Co Fermanagh home patch with her family.

Thank you to the kids for my Mother's Day treat at the Killyhevlin and hubby too. . . (I think he might have paid!) Glad that mum was able to come so I could show her Ben's Sunday school work for today󾰀

Posted by Arlene Foster on Sunday, 6 March 2016

And while the busy mother-of-three was delighted that her own mum Georgina Kelly (82) was there, nine-year-old rugby fan Ben presented her with an adorable Mother's Day card.

Taking to her Facebook page, Mrs Foster posted a picture of her mother with Ben.

"Thank you to the kids for my Mother's Day treat at the Killyhevlin and hubby too. I think he might have paid. Glad that mum was able to come, so I could show her Ben's Sunday school work for today."

Ben's card revealed he loves how his famous mum cooks his eggs, hugs him, buys him clothes and takes him to rugby matches.

Meanwhile, Belfast-born TV presenter Eamonn Holmes, who is still recovering from his double hip operation, revealed his heartache at not being able to travel home to Belfast.

He posted on his Twitter page: "First time not with her on Mother's Day but my boys in Belfast have saved the day with FaceTime. Love you Mum x."

He also gave an update into his recovery, writing: "Folks thanks for asking after me. Doing OK and doing my best to be mobile. Surprised at how tired I get. But so far so good. Cheers."

World champion boxer Carl Frampton may terrify opponents in the ring - but he didn't escape his Mother's Day duties after wife Christine reminded him of the special day on Twitter.

"Happy Mother's Day everyone. Really enjoying this invisible breakfast in bed," she joked.

However, Carl was quick to reassure her, saying: "On its way love."

And, just hours later the mother-of-two tweeted: "Lovely end to Mother's Day. Lying in bed while Carl does baths, bottles and uniforms. Back to porridge for me tomorrow."

The boxer's manager, Barry McGuigan, also took to social media to pay tribute to all mothers. He wrote: "Belated happy Mother's Day to all those amazing ladies out there, we couldn't do it without you. Have a lovely day."

Bangor-born TV presenter, actress and model Zoe Salmon, who is planning her wedding to Co Down man William Corrie, posted online: "Happy Mother's Day mummy and to mothers everywhere."

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, Stephen Martin, revealed his softer side by paying tribute to all the police mothers who were working yesterday: "Happy Mother's Day to all the special mums across NI. A big thank you to all those PSNI mums not at home but at work."

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