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Friday 20 October 2017

Boyband star opens up about his killer father

A MEMBER of Louis Walsh's new boyband has opened up about his killer father.

Hometown singer Dayl Cronin, from Tipperary, has insisted that he never had any relationship with his biological dad, Leigh Crowe (40), who was handed a life sentence after he shot and killed Owen Cahill (25) at a house party, in April 2006.

Aspiring chart topper Dayl (20) admitted he was forced to speak up about Crowe, when he discovered that false reports about his background and upbringing were being circulated.

Crowe, who had an address at Elm Park in Clonmel at the time, had been convicted of the manslaughter of Mr Cahill and the attempted murder of Mark Doolan at the party in Clonmel in 2006. His sentence was later cut to 20 years on appeal.

childhood

Dayl said he was raised by his mother Angela and Michael O'Connor, who he considers to be his real dad.

"Michael has raised me and was always there for me and is my role model and my father," the popstar said.

"I don't know that other man. I've never seen him and I wouldn't know him if I passed him in the street.

"I have no idea what he looks like and my mother broke up with him when I was about two months old," he added.

"I wasn't aware of him going to jail - I think I was making my Confirmation at the time.

"It was never hidden from me and I never mentioned it because it's irrelevant to me," he said.

Dayl decided to tell his story because it came to light that there were stories with inaccurate information circulating.

"I was told there was a letter and then I heard it was a phone call, but apparently someone said I had a terrible upbringing, that I was dragged through ditches growing up and I was visiting this man in prison - none of which is true," he said.

"I had a feeling it might come out now that I'm in a band. I suppose there are some jealous people about that want their own five minutes of fame."

Dayl is one of six singers in Louis Walsh's new boyband Hometown.

Thousands took to the stage at The Button Factory in Dublin last year for a chance to make the cut, including former X Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg.

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He put his hat in the ring to try out for the group after his dad Michael saw The X Factor judge talking about forming another act, to be as successful as hit makers Westlife.

"He (Michael) was watching The Late Late Show and saw Louis talking about his new band," Dayl said.

"I was in second year in college studying performing arts in Leicester in the UK and he told me I should come back to do the auditions.

"He flew me back and over and back again for the auditions.

"He's been really supportive and I literally wouldn't be here without him."

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