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Nicky Byrne to present football talent show

Westlife star Nicky Byrne may have missed out on hosting ‘The Voice Of Ireland’ — but RTE has not left him waiting long.

The 33-year-old will present the Irish version of ‘Football’s Next Star’.

Mr Byrne was signed by Leeds United when he was 16 before moving into music.

The RTE version of the show will see 10 young footballers battle for one place at Celtic’s Youth Academy.

A Celtic oaching team will be in Ireland this weekend to conduct trials with interested teenage boys.

Tomorrow and Sunday will see the first trials taking place at the AUL Centre, at Clonshaugh in north Dublin, with the second and final weekend of trials taking place at the University of Limerick on March 10 and 11.

The trials are open to open to 16 and 17-year-old boys.

To register simply email

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Nicky Byrne’s TV plans

Nicky Byrne has revealed to 98FM that he would love a career in television when Westlife split next Summer after their two Farewell concerts at Croke Park. He particularly likes the buzz of live TV. He also told there are other elements of the entertainment business he wants to look into.

He has recently taken up an opportunity to narrate “The Snowman” at the Grand Canal Theatre. on December 11th. They approached him to do it long before Westlife announced their split and Nicky felt it would be a great opportunity to take up so he can’t wait.

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Westlife star to narrate ‘Snowman’ movie in Limerick

Westlife’s Nicky Byrne will host and narrate ‘The Snowman Movie’ this Christmas.

The show attracts audiences of all ages and will open at The University Concert Hall in Limerick, before traveling to Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin for a number of performances.

Byrne has said he is “very excited” to be part of the line-up, and will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as audiences watch the film on a big screen.

Limerick, University Concert Hall – Friday, 2nd December: 7.30pm

Dublin, Grand Canal Theatre – Sunday 4th & 11th December: 11.30 am, 2pm & 4pm

Tickets from €15 from &

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Album signing at HMV on 21st November

Come and meet Westlife one last time… the boys will be signing copies of their ‘Greatest Hits’ 2CD @ hmv.

Event will be signing only. Fans can pick up wristbands at hmv from 8am on the day of the event onwards. One wristband per customer, in person only while stocks last. Only copies of the album will be signed, please do not present any items of memorabilia as refusal may offend – only the new book will be signed

Twitter: #hmvWestlife

*Please note. End times are not determined, this is purely a facebook requirement.

Glasgow Buchanan St – 9.00am
Newcastle – 1:00pm
Manchester 90 Market St – 6:00pm

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PureSolo Competition

Westlife have teamed up with PureSolo allowing you to sing along to some of the boy’s greatest hits and win some amazing prizes in the process!

The best online fan recordings, as selected by Sony Music Executives, will receive prizes including two tickets to their Farewell Tour, a meet and greet with the boys, and a signed Greatest Hits disc. There are also copies of the brand new Greatest Hits album to be won!

Tracks available include ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Mandy’, and the new single ‘Lighthouse’!

To get started simply head over the PureSolo site here and follow the simple instructions!

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Competition – Album Listening Party!

Do you want a chance to be one of the first to listen to Westlife – Greatest Hits, which includes 4 new songs? We’re offering the chance for 10 lucky winners to attend a private listening party at Sony HQ in London next week!

Winners will each be allowed to bring a guest and listen to the brand new album with other Westlife fans before its official release on November 21st!

To be in with a chance of winning this money can’t buy prize simply click here and answer the simple question.

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Statement by Westlife

After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top 5 albums, 7 of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world, 10 sell out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year. The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures. We see the greatest hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time.

Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too.
We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us.

Kian, Mark, Nicky and Shane

Greatest Hits’ to be released on 21st November
New Single ‘Lighthouse’ to be released 13th November

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Pre-order ‘Westlife – Greatest Hits’ and get special access to tickets

Pre-order your copy of Westlife – Greatest Hits directly from Westlife’s official store and get special access to buy Westlife tickets for their May 2012 UK tour!

The album/ticket bundle presale starts today and ends at 9am on Friday October 21st (when tickets go on general sale) so be quick! Once your album purchase has gone through on the store, you’ll receive a code to access the Ticketmaster tour presale and buy your tickets.

The album isn’t out until 21st November, but you’ll be sent an email around that time with instructions of how to download it, so please keep checking your inbox for details on 21st November as this is very important. Your CD, CD/DVD or boxset will be despatched to you on or around release date.

For customer support regarding your Westlife – Greatest Hits purchase, please contact MyPlay Direct’s customer service team here.

Enquiries related to the ticket purchase only can be directed to Ticketmaster customer services here.

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Do You Remember… (Week 3)

1999 was the year that saw the first of Westlife’s studio albums released. Unbeknown to anyone, the band would go on to release 9 more in the years following.

The boys’ first album, the self-titled ‘Westlife’ contained early hits including ‘Swear It Again’ and the unforgettable ‘Flying Without Wings’.

The band’s debut album spent an incredible 74 weeks inside the top 100 of the UK album chart and features the singles: ‘Swear It Again’, ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘I Have A Dream’ and ‘Seasons In The Sun’, each of these peaked at No. 1 in the official UK singles chart. This amazing run set the UK record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles taken from a debut album, a record which still remains intact today!

Check out some of the videos from the band’s first album below!