Wednesday 7 December 2016

'I was terrible at fatherhood' - Finbar Furey opens up to Lucy Kennedy

Sean O'Grady

Published 15/11/2016 | 08:40

Lucy Kennedy has packed her flip-flops, sun cream and sunglasses to meet her host, world renowned musician Finbar Furey
Lucy Kennedy has packed her flip-flops, sun cream and sunglasses to meet her host, world renowned musician Finbar Furey
Lucy Kennedy has packed her flip-flops, sun cream and sunglasses to meet her host, world renowned musician Finbar Furey

Legions of fans may have adored him when he sang with his brothers, but Finbar Furey admits he was not always a great father to his children.

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In tonight's episode of Living With Lucy, he reveals that long periods on the road meant his first three children, Martin, Robert and Aine, didn't always recognise him when he came home.

"I was terrible [at fatherhood]," the Ballyfermot man (70) tells show host Lucy Kennedy.

"I was away so long in the early years. I wish I had been there more at the time.

Lucy Kennedy has packed her flip-flops, sun cream and sunglasses to meet her host, world renowned musician Finbar Furey
Lucy Kennedy has packed her flip-flops, sun cream and sunglasses to meet her host, world renowned musician Finbar Furey

"When Finbar [junior] was born, that's when I decided to leave the band because I wanted to watch him grow and share time with him.

"The longest we were apart was when I was in America for three months and, when I came home, the kids didn't know me.

"I remember opening the door and Robert, who was three, ran away. He didn't know who I was.

"Aine was looking behind the chair. The only one who really recognised me was Martin, the oldest fella. So I said, 'that's enough of that'."

In tonight's show, the Dubliner shows Lucy around his home in Lanzarote, which he shares with his wife of almost 48 years, Sheila.

Lucy and Finbar explore the local markets, take a camel ride and eat at a restaurant at the top of a volcano as Finbar opens up on his life and late friend Terry Wogan.

"Terry was crazy about me and Eddie [Finbar's brother]. He was so honest. Straight down the middle."

Living With Lucy airs tonight at 9.30pm on TV3.

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