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Eamonn Holmes: 'I spend at least every other weekend in Belfast as my mother Josephine is 92 and very frail'

The broadcaster who has been standing in for Stephen Nolan this week tells Claire O'Boyle why he returns as often as he can to the city of his birth, how he deals with social media and why he's proud of Northern Ireland people

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Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning

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Eamonn Holmes, with his wife Ruth Langsford and his son Jack and daughter Rebecca (right), as he wears his OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) after it was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for services to broadcasting during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

Eamonn Holmes, with his wife Ruth Langsford and his son Jack and daughter Rebecca (right), as he wears his OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) after it was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for services to broadcasting during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

Eamonn Holmes and Declan Holmes

Eamonn Holmes and Declan Holmes

Eamonn Holmes with mum Josephine

Eamonn Holmes with mum Josephine

Stephen Nolan

Stephen Nolan

Eamonn Holmes

As Northern Ireland exports go, Eamonn Holmes is about as successful as they get. As well as huge back catalogue of top-notch TV, he's got a celebrity wife - the stunning Ruth Langsford - a regular gig on one of telly's biggest shows, and he even had a cameo role in the movie version of Mrs Brown's Boys.

And this week the broadcaster, who grew up in north Belfast, took the reins from Stephen Nolan on the Biggest Show in the Country.

"It's so important to do Stephen proud," says Eamonn, who regularly fronts ITV's This Morning alongside wife Ruth.