| 5°C Dublin

Mum told me I was made in Ireland - Dermot


Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

SELF proclaimed "plastic paddy" Dermot O'Leary has opened up about his Irish roots, Catholic upbringing and the incorporation of Christmas.

The X Factor presenter grew up in England, but said his roots are firmly in Ireland. He told the RTE Guide his Wexford-born parents left a decidedly Irish impact upon him.

"My mum reliably informs me that I was made in Ireland, but I try not to dwell too much on that process," he said.

"They were still young and developing their own tastes and direction and like a lot of families who come over from Ireland they held onto a lot of what they had back home."

The TV star from Essex was in Ireland promoting The Soundtrack to My Life, his new memoir based around the music that has left the greatest impression on him.


The fact that Morrissey's Irish Blood, English Heart is a favourite will come as no surprise, although the choice of Brendan Shine's Catch Me If You Can at the top of his list raised a few eyebrows.

O'Leary remains a regular churchgoer and pinpoints his catholic upbringing as a framework for his life.

"I'm not the conservative style religious fanatic. For me it is about a moral framework more than anything else," he said.

O'Leary's nice-guy image has done well for him so far although Simon Cowell once called him to his office and advised him to "get tougher" on the X Factor judges.

X Factor's Wembley Final will be airing live tomorrow night at 8.30pm with Fleur East, Andrea Faustini, and Ben Haenow battling it out.