Louis Walsh's mother has revealed how the pop mogul was so desperate to show his father he had chosen the right career path that he brought Boyzone to visit him when he was in hospital.
Mother-of-11 Maureen explained that her husband Frank, who died several years ago, was reluctant to accept music management as a stable career choice when Louis was first starting out.
“His dad was so worried about him when he picked a career in music management,” she said.
“He was having his third operation in the Mater Hospital when Louis had just started Boyzone and he brought the band in to meet his dad.
“Frank just said afterwards: ‘At least the boys can sing'.”
And Maureen, who still lives in the family's Mayo home, said he grew up obsessed with music.
“He never learned how to play a musical instrument but he loved listening to music and reading about it,” she said.
“As a child growing up he was at every music function in the area, even though he was too young to be going to them. There was no stopping him when it came to music.”
Louis (53) also admitted that his mother had initially hoped that as the family's eldest son he would choose a career in the clergy.
“That was the tradition then. She wanted me to go off on the missions to the Far East and all that stuff.
“Would I have been a good priest? No, I was far more interested in pop.”