Dec 072011

WESTLIFE singer Nicky Byrne and wife Georgina are preparing for a bumper Christmas as their entire family are set to join them.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, author Cecelia Ahern and the rest of the Byrne and Ahern clans will join the couple and their twin sons Jay and Rocco (4) for Christmas Day.

“Christmas is going to be great because for the first time, I’m home early.

“I put up the Christmas tree at the start of November because we are touring, but we are home now and I’ll be spending it with the kids.

“We’re going to have a nice, quiet Christmas, we won’t be going out. But both sets of families will be over for Christmas dinner, there was about sixteen all together at the dinner table last year with my mum, Cecelia and Bertie, so please God it’s going to be the same this year. The kids just wrote their letters to Santa Claus, so it’s an exciting time,” Nicky said.

Meanwhile, Nicky, who spoke out at the launch of Lifestyle Sports flagship store on Mary Street, revealed how he is nervous about going it alone as a presenter, saying that having his bandmates with him over the last fifteen years has been his security blanket.

Since announcing that they were splitting this year, all eyes have been on Nicky, who is looking to get his big break as a presenter.

After losing out to Eoghan McDermott on RTE’s new talent show The Voice, Nicky says he is still in search of a hosting gig on TV or radio.

Nicky (33) admitted he is excited to make a new start when Westlife’s Farewell Tour ends.

“I’m having meetings at the moment. I’m not nervous about presenting, I’m nervous about taking the next step.”

- Alexandra Ryan

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Dec 072011

WESTLIFE star Nicky Byrne yesterday spoke of his sorrow at the death of Wales football player and manager Gary Speed, with whom he trained at Leeds United when he was a schoolboy.

“I’m stunned because I knew Gary when I was at Leeds. It was only last May myself and my wife Georgina sat next to Gary and his wife at Shay Given‘s charity ball in Manchester,” he recalled.


“There’s terrible shock that someone so young and healthy could be dead. He was a lovely fellow to me and to everyone else and I’ll be thinking of his family this Christmas,” said Nicky, who was a goalkeeper, and won the FA Youth Cup during his time at Leeds.

Mr Speed was found dead at his mansion near Chester 10 days ago.

But last night Nicky Byrne was putting his best foot forward as a solo attraction. He and his bandmates might have called time on their million-selling boyband but there were still hordes of screaming girls to greet the 33-year-old when he opened the new Lifestyle Sports flagship store on Dublin’s Mary Street.

With hundreds of fans held back by barriers and a small army of security men, it was business as usual for the Malahide-based popstar, who revealed he was still “shell-shocked” by the band’s decision to call it a day last October.

“There’s no point in denying it, we are all still simply devastated over the split. But after 13 years it was inevitable this was going to happen some day,” Mr Byrne told the Irish Independent.

As ever the four members have turned to manager and creator Louis Walsh, who as well as his ‘X Factor’ duties, was offering career advice.

“We’ve been meeting with Louis, collectively and individually. Who else could we turn to? After all he knows better than anyone else how to spin a story, and has contacts throughout the entertainment business which are coming in really useful now,” Mr Byrne said.

The father of two has been relying on Mr Walsh’s network to plot his move into a new media career, but doesn’t have anything to announce yet.

“It’s scary in ways because the security blanket of Westlife is gone. But at the same time, I don’t want to jump into anything so I’m exploring all my options, talking to broadcasters in TV and radio as well as talent agencies. The last few weeks have been about seeing what is out there for Nicky Byrne post-Westlife,” he said.

But despite this new beginning, as the new year approaches Mr Byrne said his thoughts once again were of his late father, Nicky Byrne senior, who passed away in November 2009.

With this in mind, he asked mystified manage-ment at the new Lifestyle Sports Flagship store he opened yesterday for a pair of trainers inscribed with the words ‘Nucal’.

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Dec 022011

Irish Stars show their support for the Lifestyle Sports Barnardos Christmas Appeal – over €10,000 raised so far!

With over 10,000 new ‘likes’ on the Lifestyle Sports Facebook page since Robbie Keane launched the Lifestyle Sports Christmas Appeal in aid of the Barnardos Best Chance programme on November 14th,  the target of 20,000 new ‘likes’ by Christmas Eve is well within grasp.

For every new ‘like’ on the Lifestyle Sports Facebook page, €1 will be donated to Barnardos by the Irish sports retailer. Amongst those that have shown their support for the appeal are Westlife stars Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan, who tweeted their support to nearly 300,000 Twitter followers, as well as actress Amy Huberman and magician Keith Barry.

The popular sports chain recently opened the doors to its new flagship store on Dublin’s Mary Street. To celebrate the opening with their customers, the brand will host a special customer night on Tuesday December 6th, with 20% discount for all shoppers. Special guest Nicky Byrne will be on hand to officially open the store at 5.30pm.

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