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Nicky Byrne

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

Before his music career he played professional football and represented Republic of Ireland at several underage levels. Since then he has had a successful international radio career. His wife is the daughter of former Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, and they have twin sons together

In June 1998, Byrne attended an audition for new Irish boyband, where he was spotted by Boyzone manager Louis Walsh, who approached him to join his new venture, Westside. Byrne joined Westside along with Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden. The band’s name had to be changed to Westlife after it was discovered a number of bands already had the name Westside.

Byrne revealed in Westlife: Our Story that he had wanted to change the name of the band to West High; but the others preferred Westlife. His first album with Westlife was released in November, 1999, titled Westlife. With Westlife, Byrne has had fourteen UK number ones and seven number one albums in the UK, and sold forty million records worldwide.[4]

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

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