Sunday 28 May 2017

Liberties belle Imelda returns to her roots as she celebrates hitting top of the charts

Imelda May takes to the streets of Dublin's Liberties with fans from the local schools yesterday
Imelda May takes to the streets of Dublin's Liberties with fans from the local schools yesterday

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter

SHE has been called a modern day belle of the Liberties. And yesterday Imelda May returned to the capital's "streets broad and narrow" to celebrate her success with friends and neighbours.

The Irish Independent has learnt that May's new album, 'Mayhem', will occupy the number one slot in the new Irish charts this Friday.

Industry sources said her appearance on last Friday's 'Late Late Show', along with a set on the main stage at the Electric Picnic last weekend, have resulted in her second album outselling all rivals.

Among those celebrating with the star -- who uses her second name rather than her surname -- yesterday were parents Tony (79) and Madge Clabby (84).

The couple have been on the road with their daughter since she launched her album in Dublin's new Working Man's Club last Thursday.

"We're both worn out. It's great though. We've been listening to Imelda singing since she was a little girl and now everyone else is getting to hear it," Madge said.

"We're very proud and happy because knowing Imelda as we do, there is nothing she wanted to do except sing," said dad Tony.

However, having a famous daughter does have its drawbacks. In recent months the elderly couple have had to cope with their daughter's fans turning up on their doorstep.

"My parents already have people knocking on the door asking 'Is Imelda In?' I want to mind them, so that's why I don't mention the street where I grew up in interviews anymore," said May.

But the 35-year-old singer has plenty of fans in her old neighbourhood who turned up for the launch of the 'Hotpress Music Show' at St Nicholas of Myra Parish Centre in the Liberties yesterday.

But these young fans, many girls from nearby St Bridget's School in The Coombe, which May herself attended, and boys from Francis Street CBS, are no strangers to Imelda. Local mum Anita Reilly also turned up with her son, Ewan (9) and a CD for her neighbour Imelda to sign.

"I'm from the same street as Imelda and everybody is delighted she's done so well. Her family are the hub of the local community and we always knew she was destined for great things," Anita said.

Irish Independent

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