Nicky Byrne

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.

Football career

Byrne was a footballer who played for Home Farm F.C. and St. Kevins Boys F.C. in North Dublin. 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.

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.

On 14 May, 2009 Nicky was a substitute for a Liverpool F.C. 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 the Republic of Ireland at U15, U16 and U18 levels.

Music career

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, Westlife. Byrne joined Westlife 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.

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)”.

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

  • “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”
  • “When It Comes to Love”
  • “Too Hard to Say Goodbye”
  • Byrne is also currently one of the board of directors of Clikthrough, a video interactive site.
  • Byrne married his childhood sweetheart Georgina Ahern, on 5 August 2003 at the Wicklow Registry Office, Wicklow, County Wicklow. The civil ceremony was followed on Saturday 9 August 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.Georgina gave birth to fraternal twin sons, named Jay and Rocco, on 20 April 2007, six weeks premature. The children were christened on 15 July 2007 in the Saint Sylvester Roman Catholic Church in Malahide, County Dublin.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 McGarry Byrne.

    Nicky Byrne’s father, Nikki Byrne Sr, died on November 3, 2009, from a suspected heart attack at the age of 60. Westlife’s promotional tour of the UK was cancelled as Nicky flew back to Dublin to be with his family. Nikki Snr sang part-time on Dublin’s cabaret and karaoke scene and was presented with a Harley-Davidson motorbike by his son on his sixtieth birthday party the year before his death.

    Background information
    Birth name Nicholas Bernard James Adam Byrne
    Born 9 October 1978 (1978-10-09) (age 32)
    Dublin, Ireland
    Genres Pop
    Occupations Singer, songwriter
    Instruments Vocal
    Years active 1998–present
    Associated acts Westlife

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