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Wednesday 21 February 2018

WATCH: 'I'm extremely proud of my heritage' - Sting chats about new musical and finding his ancestry in Ireland

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Singer Sting has said he is immensely proud of his heritage and has opened up about his Irish ancestry.

The Police frontman was speaking at the launch of his musical 'The Last Ship' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin.

He revealed how he traced his roots back to a workhouse in Co Monaghan.

"I did one of these know your roots programmes in America and they found this lady called Mary Murphy who died in a poor house in Co Monaghan. She had lots of children. One of them escaped and ended up in Newcastle," he said.

"I visited the place and I was shocked by the idea that because people were poor they were punished and I met some of my relatives in Monaghan so it was a lovely experience but grim aswell."

Sting (66), whose real name is Gordon Sumner, was in Dublin promoting his debut musical which comes to Ireland next year.

He said the musical is inspired by his childhood in England and is very "personal" to him.

"I'm immensely proud of my heritage. I realise in hindsight that I was privileged to live in a surreal industrial rich environment, even though I hated it and I wanted to escape. It was a great kind of seeding ground for an artist because of the symbolism of ship yards and the extraordinary things I used to see and take for granted."

The musical debuts in Newcastle in Marcy 2018 and will be on in the Bord Gáis Theatre from June 4-9.

Sting reveals 'emotional journey' to visit former Monaghan workhouse where his maternal Irish ancestor died 

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