He thus stands in line to succeed Cardinal Seán Brady, archbishop of Armagh, when the cardinal retires. Monsignor Martin is 51; Cardinal Brady is 73.
Eamon Martin was born in 1961 in Derry. He comes from a family of 12 children – six boys and six girls.
Eamon Martin was ordained a priest in June 1987. He was elected diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Derry in November 2011.
Monsignor Martin has been a regular media contributor on BBC's Thought for the Day; Prayer for the Day and celebrant and preacher on Sunday Morning Worship, and other programs on RTÉ, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.
Monsignor Martin has a keen interest in music, particularly in choral and classical music as well as liturgical music generally. He has a particular interest in Sacred Music, especially Gregorian Chant. He also enjoys walking and gardening.