This Morning host Eamonn Holmes reveals his school bus was blown up by the IRA during The Troubles

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EAMONN Holmes has revealed his school bus was blown up by the IRA during The Troubles.

The This Morning host said the explosion happened in the 1970s when he was 14 in Belfast.

Eamonn Holmes revealed his school bus was hijacked by the IRA in the 1970s
Eamonn Holmes revealed his school bus was hijacked by the IRA in the 1970s
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Eamonn was brought up a Catholic as this snap is from his Holy Communion
Eamonn was brought up a Catholic as this snap is from his Holy Communion
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Holmes, 59, said his head teacher Father Walsh wasn’t sympathetic and still gave him detention for getting to school late.

He said: “Our bus was hijacked on the Antrim Road. And this man wearing a balaclava came on and said, ‘We are commandeering this bus for the Irish Republican Army.’

“He starts sprinkling petrol everywhere so we get off. And they throw a petrol bomb on to the bus and set it on fire.”

He and the his fellow pupils had to walk the next mile-and-a-half to school and when they arrived the gate was closed.

Holmes, who was brought up a Catholic, continued: “I’m puffing and panting and he said, ‘Why are you late, Holmes?’ and I said, ‘Father, our bus was hijacked at the top of the road and it was burnt.

‘We had to run down here and you can see the smoke.’


“And he looks at me and says, ‘Detention’.”

Holmes told the story on the White Wine Question Time Podcast with his pal, Kate Thornton, and joked about how the times had changed.

The Belfast-born star jibed the “snowflake” generation would have been offered counselling instead of punishment.

View of British Army soldiers patrolling a street in Belfast in 1969
View of British Army soldiers patrolling a street in Belfast in 1969
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