An Irishman Abroad

Dermot O’Leary: Episode 37

June 1, 2014

This week Dermot O'Leary talks to Jarlath about being raised Irish in London as the son of a Wexford hurler, how he values hard work and why he believes that this generation of youths can save the world.

Dermot's story is a true tale of hard graft from working as a sports reporter who was unable to find his way to football grounds to dominating live television presenting in Britain for the last 15 years since getting his big break which led to hosting on Big Brother's Little Brother before eventually becoming the host of XFactor. In this episode which was recorded at his BBC Radio 2 studio, Dermot speaks frankly about the importance of honesty, how he handled a now-famous difficult interview with Morrissey and why he likes people underestimating him.

This episode is sponsored by Vyke, Currency Fair, The Email Laundry and Keogh's Crisps. Get updates on future episodes by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on

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