So it seems that its all fun and games in the 2fm Studio on a Friday! Thank you Jenny for filming!
And this weekend being a Bank Holiday in Ireland looks like Nicky has been taking some time out!
The singer spoke as he prepared to open the Dale Farm Milk Cup 2014 in Coleraine, a football tournament which he himself played in with Home Farm and Leeds United.
Nicky told The Times: “Great memories, we always knew about the Milk Cup being one of the biggest youth football tournaments in the world.
“When you’re a young lad playing football and all you want to do is play professionally you do look to the big tournaments and the Milk Cup, it didn’t get any bigger at that age.
“You live and breathe as a pro footballer.”
Asked if he had any messages for his fans in East Antrim, Nicky replied: “It’s great to be back here. In the Westlife days I always remember the great, great support from the people of Northern Ireland.
Nicky also admitted that he could be persuaded to perform in East Antrim, and revealed details of his forthcoming album.
For the full story see this week’s Times, in shops from July 30.
Credit to Russel Pritchard Photography who has taken these lovely pics and let us share them here.
27th July 2014 ©Russell Pritchard / Milk Cup Dale Farm Milk Cup 2014 Opening Parade & Ceremony with Special guest and former Westlife Singer Nicky Byrne,who also played in The Milk Cup on three occasions. ©Russell Pritchard / Milk Cup ©Russell Pritchard / Milk Cup (credit above and MilkCupNI facebook)
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So today Nicky will be leading the opening parade for the Dale Farm Milk Cup. Hopefully there will be lots of pictures appearing.
From Belfast Telegraph
He’s best known for being a member of a boyband, not a football team.
But former Westlife star Nicky Byrne will open the Dale Farm Milk Cup tomorrow – a competition he played in on three occasions.
The Dubliner will head a parade of competing teams through Coleraine from The Diamond to The Showgrounds for one of the largest youth football tournaments on the globe.
The summer tournament has attracted names from the world of junior football and hosted a range of international and Premiership stars over the years, including David Beckham.
The singer is famous for his skills with the microphone, but he also has talents on the football field as he established himself as a professional goalkeeper at a young age.
He has been previously linked with the Milk Cup, as he competed at the event for Home Farm and Leeds United.
He played for the Republic of Ireland at U-15 and U-16 levels and at 18 was signed by the Elland Road side. The star was asked to open this year’s competition after he mentioned the tournament during an interview.
Tournament chairman Victor Leonard said this prompted organisers to “try and get the ball rolling” to invite him.
Nicky said: “I’m proud to be invited to open the Dale Farm Milk Cup. I played in the competition three times, twice with Home Farm and later with Leeds United.
“I have great memories of wonderful times competing at the tournament, playing matches at Portrush and Coleraine.
“We won the Plate competition with Home Farm, beating Everton in the final.”
Byrne has also been a part of Soccer Aid, which sees celebrities and football legends come together to raise money for UNICEF.
Tickets are available throught the website www.dalefarmmilkcup.com.
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Nicky Byrne played for the Republic of Ireland at U-15 and U-16 level. At 18 he was signed by Leeds United.
During the 1995 Premier League season he was named in the Leeds United first team squad to face Southampton at The Dell. On his return to Ireland in 1997 he played for Shelbourne, Cobh Ramblers and St Francis FC