Dermot O'Leary has told RTÉ News he visits Ireland all the time now that his parents have moved back to their native Wexford, and admits his folks' return home has given him a "reestablished connection" with the Emerald Isle.

Last year, after spending almost 50 years living in the UK, O'Leary's mum and dad said goodbye to Essex and made the emotional journey back to their hometown. 

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The 45-year-old X Factor presenter says he was "really supportive" of their move and admits he is surprised at how connected he feels to his Irish roots.

"I'm back all the time. I haven't been back for a while actually, but last time I was back was March time and then mum and dad came over here a fair bit.

"I was really supportive of them going back." 

"We sat down and had a chat about it as a family but I didn't think I'd feel the reestablished connection as much as I have.

"I go back to see family, but to actually have your mum and dad there, there's something special about that, that gives you a greater sense of ownership," the presenter told RTÉ's London Correspondent, Fiona Mitchell.

"So yeah, it's been wonderful, and they've absolutely loved it!"

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O'Leary was speaking at the launch of plans for the redevelopment of the London Irish Centre, which provides a pivotal service in London for Irish emigrants and residents of all ages.