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Mum Miriam is happy with her figure of eight

RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan is pictured here together with her eight children for the first time.

The heart-warming photograph was taken as part of a collection of pictures by celebrity photographer Barry McCall for his stunning coffee table book PHO20GRAPHY in aid of the ISPCC.

The beautifully designed book showcases the past 20 years of McCall's work behind the camera lens and will be sold exclusively in Brown Thomas and BT2 stores. The book retails at €80 with every cent being donated to the ISPCC, Ireland's oldest children's charity.

Speaking at the launch, O'Callaghan said: "I try to teach all my children that they're incredibly lucky in comparison to many children living in other parts of the world.

"We've a very noisy house, with wooden floorboards and only two bathrooms but I wouldn't change it for the world," she laughed.

"In saying that, I'm done now. I wouldn't have another in a trillion years. The last little fella has just started school. It's like we have been swimming for ages and now we're finally starting to breathe."

The presenter also asked people to remember to vote for Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient John Hume in the search for Ireland's greatest person.

The programme airs tomorrow night at 9.30pm on RTE One.

Sunday Independent