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Nicky Byrne
Birth name Nicholas Bernard James Adam Byrne
Born 9 October 1978 (1978-10-09) (age 31)
Dublin, Ireland
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Westlife

Nicholas Bernard James Adam Byrne (born 9 October 1978 in Dublin) is the oldest member of the popular Irish pop band, Westlife.


Football career

Before joining Sligo based band IOU, Byrne was a footballer who played for Home Farm F.C. and St. Kevins Boys F.C. in North Dublin.[1] He became a professional football player, and joined Leeds United as a goalkeeper in 1995, and was a squad member of the FA Youth Cup winning team of 1997[2]

He played for Leeds for two years, leaving when his contract expired in June 1997. He played in a reserve game for Scarborough F.C. and in a trial game with Cambridge United before returning to join Dublin club Shelbourne. He then signed for Cobh Ramblers playing 11 games, then St. Francis F.C., all in Ireland's League of Ireland.[3]

On 14 May, 2009 Nicky was a substitute for a Liverpool FC Legends XI that played against an All Star XI in a Hillsborough Memorial match to mark the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. All the proceeds from the match went to the Marina Dalglish appeal.

He represented Republic of Ireland at U15, U16 and U18 levels.

Musical career

In June 1998, he attended an audition for a new Irish boyband, where he was spotted by Boyzone manager Louis Walsh, and Walsh approached him to join his new venture, Westlife. He joined Westlife along with Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden.

Byrne also had a number 1 single in Ireland in 2002, alongside the Republic of Ireland national football team and Dustin the Turkey with the Irish World Cup anthem, 'Here Come The Good Times (Ireland)'.

His first album with Westlife was released in November, 1999, titled Westlife. With Westlife, Byrne has had 14 UK number ones and 7 number one albums in the UK, and sold 40 million records worldwide.[4]

Byrne has also co-written a few songs, along with the other band members, including:[5]

  • Nothing Is Impossible
  • Don't Let Me Go
  • When You Come Around
  • Imaginary Diva
  • Reason For Living
  • Crying Girl
  • You Don't Know
  • Never Knew I Was Losing You
  • Where We Belong
  • Singing Forever
  • I Won't Let You Down
  • You See Friends (I See Lovers)
  • I'm Missing Loving You


He married his childhood sweetheart Georgina Ahern, daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern on 5 August 2003 at the Wicklow Registry Office, Wicklow, County Wicklow, Ireland.[6] The civil ceremony was followed on Saturday August 9 by a church blessing at the Roman Catholic Church of St Pierre et St Paul in Gallardon, Eure-et-Loir, France and a reception at the nearby 16th century Château d'Esclimont.[7]

Georgina gave birth to fraternal twin sons on 20 April 2007, 6 weeks premature.[8] The children were christened on 15 July 2007 in the Saint Sylvester Church in Malahide, Dublin.[9]

Godparents for the children are Nicky's sister Gillian Byrne and her husband Mark Gallagher and Georgina's sister Cecelia Ahern and Nicky's brother Adam Byrne.[10]

Nicky Byrne's father, Nicky Byrne Sr, died on November 3, 2009, from a suspected heart attack at the age of 60. Westlife's promotional tour of London was cancelled as Nicky flew back to Dublin to be with his family.[11]

A few months later his niece-in-law was born to his sister-in-law Cecelia Ahern and partner David Keoghan. It was a third grandchild for his father-in-law Bertie Ahern. The baby girl was born in the Rotunda Hospitak, Dublin on the 13th of December 2009


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