LIBERTIES sensation Imelda May has revealed that she has always been proud of her inner city roots even when she was being teased.
"When I was a kid sometimes people used to slag me off for being from the Liberties but I've always held my head high," she said.
"It is a colourful area with a lot of colourful people and I've always loved that."
The rockabilly singer also recalled a time when things were tough for her as she tried to make it.
She was in her 30s before she finally began making waves in the industry.
An appearance on BBC's Jools Holland gave the star's career the jumpstart it needed and she has barely had a chance to look back since.
Now the Mayhem singer has the chance to offer others help to achieve their dream of making music professionally.
"I would have loved to go to college like that. I really would have done, but I didn't get the opportunity," she revealed.
The mum-of-one has a scholarship worth €12,000 in her name on offer at the BIMM music college in Dublin 8.
With a busy 2014 under her belt, including a live tour and a successful stint as an RTE presenter, she is back home for much needed relaxation.