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Wish you were here: Famous NI faces on how they're spending the summer holidays and sunny childhood memories

With holiday plans thrown into chaos by the pandemic, we ask well-known faces how they're spending their break and what are their best memories of childhood summers. By Linda Stewart

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Eamonn Holmes with wife Ruth Langsford on holiday at the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum in Turkey

Eamonn Holmes with wife Ruth Langsford on holiday at the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum in Turkey

Inishfree Island off Burtonport in Co Donegal. Barbara with brother Tony is in the backgroun,  dad Brendan and mum Margo are sitting with Bridget Duffy (left of picture), one of the Islanders.

Inishfree Island off Burtonport in Co Donegal. Barbara with brother Tony is in the backgroun, dad Brendan and mum Margo are sitting with Bridget Duffy (left of picture), one of the Islanders.

Barbara McCann

Barbara McCann

Barbara and Tony

Barbara and Tony

Sarah Clarke and family in Portugal

Sarah Clarke and family in Portugal

Daniel and Emily

Daniel and Emily

The children on holiday at Disneyland

The children on holiday at Disneyland

Sarah and Gabriel

Sarah and Gabriel

 Jenny Bristow and family on Portstewart beach

Jenny Bristow and family on Portstewart beach

 Jenny Bristow

Jenny Bristow

Jenny Bristow and dad James

Jenny Bristow and dad James

Celebrity chef and author Jenny Bristow at her home in Co. Antrim (Photo by Kevin Scott)

Celebrity chef and author Jenny Bristow at her home in Co. Antrim (Photo by Kevin Scott)

Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke

Paul Clark

Paul Clark

Paul Clark with his wife Carol and sons David (left) and Peter at UTV

Paul Clark with his wife Carol and sons David (left) and Peter at UTV

Paul Clark with his wife Carol

Paul Clark with his wife Carol

Eamonn Holmes at Portstewart beach with daughter Rebecca.

Eamonn Holmes at Portstewart beach with daughter Rebecca.

Eamonn Holmes with wife Ruth Langsford on holiday at the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum in Turkey

‘Ballycastle has a special place in my heart’

This Morning broadcaster Eamonn Holmes (60) has been extremely busy during lockdown, working from his home in Surrey with wife Ruth Langsford (60). However, he did find time to visit his favourite haunts during a trip home to Northern Ireland.

“Our house was turned into a studio — it was ready to broadcast This Morning from if we needed to do that with transmission quality cameras,” he says. “And then they were replaced for seven weeks by cameras from Gogglebox when we did seven weeks of that.

“We were just talking this morning about how we certainly have been occupied with work, but you don’t get the icing on the cake, you don’t live a life, you don’t get to visit people, you don’t get to go to the theatre or cinema or restaurants or just be normal.