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'It's torture' - Imelda on her mum's stroke



Imelda May opened up on air

Imelda May opened up on air

Imelda May opened up on air

Imelda May has revealed that her mum is in hospital after suffering a stroke.

The Liberties star told how 93-year-old Madge is "not good at all".

Imelda told Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio One: "I might burst into tears here in a moment but mam's had a stroke and she's in hospital.

"It's been really, really tough because we can't visit her, we can't see her and it's just been absolutely torturous, to be honest.

"So, we're trying to get her home as quick as we can.

"She's going to be 94 next month and she's just brilliant.

"She lived by her own rules and she's such a strong woman and I'm very, very lucky to have had her and my dad in my life.


"My dad was a dance teacher.

"And she (her mam) started up the Liberties music drama group for local kids.

"My mam and dad have always been accepting of everybody too.

"We never heard a bad word in the house about anybody.

"I'm very thankful to be raised like that, without any negativity towards others, that's really how we were raised."

Imelda also revealed how her mam sometimes struggles to recognise her.

"She didn't (recognise me) a couple of times, you know, on the phone and stuff and it was heartbreaking.

"When I got home for Christmas she said, 'oh there ya are now, Imelda, where have you been? I've been looking for you everywhere.' I hadn't seen her in a year.

"I was delighted but we're trying to get her speech back now after this stroke."

Imelda would ring her mam on the phone and the nurses, "who are really kind, handed the phone to mam and I heard her say my name and I nearly fell apart.

"I was singing down the phone to her but she couldn't sing back which she normally does."

Imelda confirmed her new album 11 Past The Hour which be out on April 23.