Eamonn Holmes breaks down in tears as he remembers his late father in emotional interview
20th September 2021

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Eamonn Holmes broke down in tears as he remembered his late father, Leonard, on Sunday's episode of RTE One's The Meaning Of Life.

The presenter's father tragically passed away in 1991 of a heart attack aged 64 and Eamonn, 61, paid tribute during an emotional interview with Joe Duffy.

Remembering his father, Eamonn said that he always wanted to provide for him, even when he had started his successful television career, and showered him with hugs.

He said: "All he did was say things like, 'Do you need any money?' I was on Ulster Television and I was earning £12,000 a year. He wasn’t earning £12,000 a year of anywhere near it."

Eamonn then started to cry as he remembered how his mother once told him to allow his father to give him some money.

He continued: "And my mum said to me one day, 'Let him give you some money'. So I did, I was like 'Yeah, dad' and he gave me 20 quid."


Eamonn also shared the emotional clip on his Twitter, emotionally admitting that he still misses his father every day.

He tweeted: "He's been gone 31 years now but I still miss him every day. I can’t recall my late Father without thinking of how he always wanted to provide, even when I had a successful career.

"I think like all of us he just liked to be needed. The Meaning of Life airs tonight,10.30 on RTÉ One."

Eamonn's 1million followers and celebrity friends were quick to console the TV star as well as praise him for his honest and candid interview.

Piers Morgan replied to his emotional tweet with a crying and heart emoji.

One follower put: "Awk Eamonn he would be so proud of you what a lovely humble man you are," followed by heart emojis.

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A different account put: "As young lad growing up in Northern Ireland I’ve always seen you as a role model and felt a massive sense of pride at what you achieved for yourself and your family!! I’m absolutely positive you’re dad would have been extremely proud of you!!"

Another person penned: "Bless you Eamon, I felt the pain in your voice when you spoke, your father sounded like a wonderful man whom you looked up to with great pride."

While a different account added: "Oh @EamonnHolmes what darlings you and your father are to show the emotions you have here is amazing, beats any of this reality show this is true reality. Big hugs and love to you," followed by heart emojis.

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