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My family has suffered because of my career - Dermot Bannon


Dermot Bannon

Dermot Bannon

Dermot Bannon

IRELAND'S best-known architect, Dermot Bannon, has revealed how his family life has suffered because of his career.

Mr Bannon (42) is best known for co-presenting TV series such as Room to Improve and House Hunters.

But in an interview over the weekend, he also spoke about how he gets mistaken for RTE's "young fogey" Ryan Tubridy.

"If there's one thing that has suffered because of my career it's my family," he said.

"I constantly feel guilty about the amount of time I spend with my kids.

"James is trying to read at the moment and I'm trying every night to let him read and there are times when he's on a page with five sentences and I'm thinking 'hurry up', but I do my best," he added.

"So maybe the family has suffered a little bit."


And Mr Bannon revealed that he is mistaken for another well-known RTE personality.

"The other morning a woman, looking very pleased with her powers of recognition, hailed me with the words 'good morning Tubridy'," he explained.

The architect also revealed how he didn't tell his wife Louise when he bid on their Drumcondra home at the height of the boom.

Mr Bannon has three young children and he also spoke about how it was coming close to the time when they'd have to move home.

"We have two-and-a-half bedrooms and three kids and that equation doesn't work any more," he told the RTE Guide.

"Sarah won't go to sleep now if James is in the room because he 'breathes too heavy'."

Mr Bannon also spoke about leaving Ireland to study in the UK for four years after failing to secure his preferred CAO course here.