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Damien Dempsey reveals he would have to ‘quit music’ in order to have kids

The star says his financial situation wouldn't allow it

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Irish singer Damien Dempsey has revealed that he believes he would have to give up career in music on order to become a dad.

The Apple Of My Eye singer, who is a well loved name in the Irish industry says that a steadier ‘9 to 5’ career would be the only way that he could financially settle down with a wife and kids.

“I wouldn’t be able to have kids at the moment to tell you the truth. It’s a precarious old life the music, it wouldn’t be that good financially,” he said on RTE’s Who Do You Think You Are?

“The only money you make is from live shows. Maybe if I was in a better financial position down the road, if I had a wife and kids now I’d have to give up music and get a nine to five job like lots of my peers.


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“Some very talented people have had to settle down and get a nine to five or leave Ireland as they can’t afford to play music any more.”

The 43-year-old was on the RTE show to trace his ancestor’s roots, and admitted he learned a lot about his family history.

“It’s a barrel of laughs. It’s industrial schools and workhouses, cabin ships and child labour and suicide and alcoholism, so it’s great craic. It’s a fairly rough aul history to be honest and a lot of poverty,” he explained.

“There was a lot I didn’t know. To get a historian in to tell me the real story was very enlightening.”

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