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Nicholas Bernard James Adam Byrne, Jr. (born 9 October 1978) is an Irish singer-songwriter, radio and TV presenter, dancer, and former semi-professional footballer, best known for being a member of Irish music band Westlife; he was the band's oldest member. Before his music career, he played professional football, representing Republic of Ireland
Ireland
at several junior levels. Since then he has had a successful TV and radio presenting career. His wife Georgina is the daughter of former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, and they have twin sons called Rocco Bertie Byrne and Jay Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
and a daughter called Gia. On 7 September 2012, it was announced that Byrne would be a contestant for the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was the ninth contestant to be eliminated. He was ranked number two on Ireland's Sexiest Man of 2014.[1] After RTÉ internally chose him to represent Ireland, he released the song "Sunlight" and performed it in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Eurovision Song Contest 2016
competition in Stockholm
Stockholm
on 12 May 2016, but failed to advance to the 14 May final.

Contents

1 Career

1.1 Football 1.2 Music 1.3 Presenting

2 Discography

2.1 Albums 2.2 Singles

2.2.1 As lead artist 2.2.2 As featured artist

3 Songwriting 4 Personal life 5 Philanthropy 6 References 7 External links

Career[edit] Football[edit] Byrne was a footballer and played for Home Farm and St. Kevins Boys in North Dublin.[2] He became a professional player, and joined Leeds United as a goalkeeper in 1995, and was a squad member of the FA Youth Cup winning team of 1997.[3] 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
Dublin
club Shelbourne. He then signed for Cobh Ramblers playing 15 games,[4] then St. Francis F.C., all in Ireland's League of Ireland. On 14 May 2009, Byrne was a substitute for a Liverpool F.C.
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
Ireland
at U15, U16 and U18 levels. He is a fan of Celtic FC, and on 9 August 2011 played in a Celtic Legends XI at Celtic Park in front of a 54,000 crowd against a Manchester Utd Legends team. Byrne participated in and won Soccer Aid
Soccer Aid
2014. He scored in the match, played at Old Trafford. He was the only non-professional player to score in the match. The Rest of the World team won the game 4–2. Music[edit] Main article: Westlife

Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
representing Ireland
Ireland
in the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
2016.

In June 1998, Byrne attended an audition for new Irish boyband, where Boyzone
Boyzone
manager Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh
approached him to join his new venture, Westlife. Byrne joined Westlife
Westlife
along with Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan
Shane Filan
and Brian McFadden. 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. With Westlife, Byrne has had 25 top ten UK singles, 14 of which, were number one, 7 number one albums and has sold in excess of over 45 million records worldwide. It is certified that Westlife
Westlife
have sold 20.2 million records and videos in the UK across their 14-year career – 6.8 million singles, 11.9 million albums and 1.5 million videos. Byrne also had a number one single in Ireland
Ireland
in 2002, alongside the Republic of Ireland
Ireland
national football team and Dustin the Turkey
Dustin the Turkey
with the Irish 2002 FIFA World Cup
2002 FIFA World Cup
anthem, "Here Come The Good Times (Ireland)". He also co-wrote many of Westlife's songs. In early January 2016, it was rumored that RTÉ had internally chosen Byrne to represent Ireland
Ireland
in the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
2016. Byrne had not yet confirmed or denied such information but announced that he would grab the opportunity with both hands if given. On 13 January, Byrne was confirmed to be the Irish singer for the 2016 contest in Stockholm
Stockholm
with the song, "Sunlight".[5][6] Presenting[edit] In 2002, Byrne guest-hosted an edition of CD:UK with Cat Deeley. Byrne hosted the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics
Special Olympics
live from Dublin's Croke Park in front of 80,000 spectators. Throughout the years, Byrne has appeared on Children in Need
Children in Need
and Comic Relief several times. In 2001, he co-hosted Children in Need
Children in Need
live from Belfast and in 2011 and co-hosted a BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
radio special with Patrick Kielty for the cause. Byrne has narrated stage shows such as The Snowman Christmas Special and the Picture of You documentary dedicated to former Boyzone
Boyzone
member Stephen Gately
Stephen Gately
who died on 10 October 2009. Byrne has also hosted the Cheerios ChildLine Concert, a record, seven times, which was broadcast on RTÉ2, and in more recent years TV3. In addition, Byrne presented several editions of the Celebrity Sunday radio programme on RTÉ 2fm
RTÉ 2fm
in 2010.[7] Listeners tuned in from as far and wide as Mexico, Chile, the United Kingdom, Philippines
Philippines
and Indonesia. The fourth and final edition of the programme, broadcast on 14 February 2010, trended worldwide on Twitter.[8] FM104
FM104
publicly offered him a job the day Westlife
Westlife
announced their split.[9] In October 2012, Byrne hosted the RTÉ reality TV show Football's Next Star. The series followed ten young hopefuls competing for a chance to win a place with Celtic Football Club's youth squad.[10] In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 Byrne presented the Irish votes at the Eurovision Song Contest.[11] He also co-hosted the short-lived TV talent show The Hit on RTÉ One
RTÉ One
along with Aidan Power. On 4 February 2014, Byrne signed a contract with RTÉ 2fm
RTÉ 2fm
to host a new weekday show from 11 am to 2 pm.[12][13] In January 2015, Byrne started hosting the new weekly National Lottery game show, The Million Euro Challenge on RTÉ 1,[14] although the show was axed that July.[15] In December 2016, it was confirmed that Byrne would be one of the presenters for Dancing with the Stars, alongside Amanda Byram. The series will start in January 2017.[16] Discography[edit] See also: Westlife
Westlife
discography Albums[edit]

Title Details Irish Albums Chart[17]

Sunlight

Released: 6 May 2016 Label: Universal Music Group Format: Digital download, CD

8

Singles[edit] As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album

IRE [18]

2016 "Sunlight" 68 Sunlight

Explosion —

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions [18] IRE Album

2016 "Here Come The Good Times (Ireland)" 1 Irish 2002 FIFA World Cup
2002 FIFA World Cup
anthem

Songwriting[edit] Byrne has co-written some songs in his Westlife
Westlife
years and on all ten tracks on his debut solo albums and also to one unreleased song:

"Sunlight" "Explosion" "Song For Lovers" "Pop Machine" "Still The One" "Some Things Always Seem To Last" "Finishing Line" "Broadway Show" "Thank You" "Pretty" "Sweeping Up" "When You Come Around" "Don't Let Me Go" "Imaginary Diva" "Reason For Living" "Where We Belong" "I Won't Let You Down" "Singing Forever" "You See Friends (I See Lovers)" "I'm Missing Loving You" "Closer" "Last Mile of the Way"

Personal life[edit] Byrne was born to parents Yvonne and Nicholas. He has an older sister, Gillian, and a younger brother, Adam. Byrne married his teenage sweetheart Georgina Ahern, whom he met when they were about 12 years old. The two were married on 5 August 2003 at the Wicklow
Wicklow
Register Office, Wicklow, County Wicklow.[19] The civil ceremony was followed by a church blessing on 9 August 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.[20] Georgina gave birth to fraternal twin sons, Jay and Rocco, on 20 April 2007, born eight weeks prematurely. The children were baptised on 15 July 2007 in the Saint Sylvester Roman Catholic Church in Malahide, County Dublin.[21] On 29 April 2013, Byrne announced on his Twitter page that he and his wife Georgina were expecting their third child, and on Irish television it was announced that the baby was due around Halloween.[22] Daughter Gia was born on 23 October 2013.[23] Godparents for the children are Byrne's sister Gillian Byrne and her husband Mark Gallagher and Georgina's sister Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern
and Byrne's brother Adam McGarry Byrne.[24] Byrne's father, Nikki Byrne Sr., died on 3 November 2009, from a heart attack. Westlife's promotional tour of the UK was cancelled as Byrne flew to Dublin
Dublin
to be with his family.[25] Byrne Sr. sang part-time on Dublin's cabaret and karaoke scene and was presented with a Harley-Davidson
Harley-Davidson
motorbike by his son on his sixtieth birthday party the year before his death.[26] Philanthropy[edit] In 2010, Byrne and his family organised the 'Nikki Byrne Twilight Ball', a fundraising event, in memory of their father who died in November 2009. The event raised over €200,000 and completely funded a television and radio heart attack awareness campaign in connection with 'The Irish Heart Foundation'.[27] Byrne, and his wife Georgina, are keen supporters of the Irish Premature Babies charity. Byrne also supports UNICEF
UNICEF
and has taken part in several UNICEF
UNICEF
Campaigns, such as the UNICEF
UNICEF
'Euro for Zero' campaign where the goal was to raise as much money as possible in November 2010 for Child Survival Programmes. References[edit]

^ JANEH (20 July 2014). "POLL: WHO IS IRELAND'S SEXIEST MAN?". RSVP Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014.  ^ "Home Farm F.C". Archived from the original on 15 December 2007.  ^ "Nicky Byrne — Biography".  ^ Cobh Rampblers (ed.). "Club History". Archived from the original on 28 February 2008.  ^ "RTÉ bets on Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
to return Ireland
Ireland
to Eurovision glory". Irish Independent. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.  ^ " Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
will represent Ireland
Ireland
at this year's Eurovision". The Journal. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.  ^ " Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
hosts 2fm's Celebrity Sunday". RTÉ Entertainment. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.  ^ " Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
signs for extra 2fm shows". RTÉ Entertainment. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.  ^ "Job offer for Westlife's Nicky Byrne". RTÉ Entertainment. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.  ^ Final Whistle For 'Football’s Next Star', Series Posts at ScreenScene The Irish Film & Television Network ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.  ^ "Former Westlife
Westlife
star Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
named as new 2FM presenter". Irish Independent. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.  ^ "He's riding high and Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
dismisses critics as his 2FM show celebrates one year on air". evoke.ie. 4 March 2015.  ^ "A NEW TV GAMESHOW PRESENTED BY NICKY BYRNE". RTÉ. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.  ^ " Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
and Amanda Byram
Amanda Byram
confirm they're hosting Dancing With The Stars". Irish Independent. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.  ^ Peak positions for Ireland:

Sunlight (album): "Top 100 Artist Album, Week Ending 19 May 2016". Chart-Track. Archived from the original on 21 May 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 

^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Nicky Byrne". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).  ^ BBC
BBC
News (9 August 2003). " Westlife
Westlife
star's French wedding" (Website). BBC
BBC
News. Retrieved 22 December 2007.  ^ " Taoiseach
Taoiseach
becomes grandad to twin boys". The Irish Times. 4 April 2007. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012.  ^ "Westlifer Nicky Byrne's twin babies are christened". London: Daily Mail. 16 July 2007.  ^ "Baby on the way for Nicky and Georgina". Irish Independent. 30 April 2013.  ^ Hello magazine online ^ Heffernan, Breda (16 July 2007). "Bertie's a double winner". Irish Independent.  Breda Heffernan, Monday 16 July 2007. ^ Ben Todd and Eva Marie Gibney. Westlife
Westlife
star Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
puts on a brave face as he comforts his mother after father's death. Daily Mail. 4 November 2009. ^ " Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
mourns death of father". RTÉ Entertainment. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2009.  ^ "Heart Attack Awareness Campaign". The Irish Heart Foundation. 16 August 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

Official website

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Molly Sterling with "Playing with Numbers" Ireland
Ireland
in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Succeeded by Brendan Murray with "Dying to Try"

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Westlife

Nicky Byrne Kian Egan Mark Feehily Shane Filan Brian McFadden

Studio albums

Westlife Coast to Coast World of Our Own Turnaround ...Allow Us to Be Frank Face to Face The Love Album Back Home Where We Are Gravity

Compilation albums

Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1 Greatest Hits

Video albums

The Karaoke Collection ( Westlife
Westlife
video album) Where We Are
Where We Are
Tour: Live from the O2

Concert tours

Where Dreams Come True Tour World of Our Own
World of Our Own
Tour Unbreakable
Unbreakable
Tour Turnaround Tour The No 1's Tour Face to Face Tour The Love Tour Back Home Tour Where We Are
Where We Are
Tour Gravity Tour Greatest Hits Tour

Book

Westlife: Our Story

Related articles

Discography Songs

Originals Covers

Tours Awards

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Westlife
Westlife
singles

Discography

Westlife

"Swear It Again" "If I Let You Go" "Flying Without Wings" "I Have a Dream"/"Seasons in the Sun" "Fool Again"

Coast to Coast

"Against All Odds" "My Love" "What Makes a Man" "I Lay My Love on You" "Uptown Girl" "When You're Looking Like That"

World of Our Own

"Queen of My Heart" "Evergreen" "World of Our Own" "Bop Bop Baby"

Unbreakable

"Unbreakable" "Tonight/Miss You Nights"

Turnaround

"Hey Whatever" "Mandy" "Obvious"

Allow Us to Be Frank

"Ain't That a Kick in the Head" "Fly Me To The Moon" "Smile"

Face to Face

"You Raise Me Up" "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" "Amazing"

The Love Album

"The Rose" "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

Back Home

"Home" "Us Against the World" "Something Right"

Where We Are

"What About Now"

Gravity

"Safe"

Greatest Hits

"Lighthouse" "Beautiful World"

Book Category

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RTÉ 2fm

Presenters

Weekday

Alan McQuillan Bernard O'Shea Jennifer Maguire Keith Walsh Nicky Byrne Jenny Greene Tracy Clifford Eoghan McDermott Louise McSharry Chris Greene Ciara King Dan Hegarty Cormac Battle Blathnaid Treacy Mo-K

Weekend

Stephen Byrne Rick O'Shea Michael Cahill Dave Clarke Dave Fanning Larry Gogan Aidan Leonard Will Leahy Lottie Ryan Ruth Scott Mr. Spring

Former

Jay Ahern* Bazil Ashmawy Mark Cagney Ronan Collins Ian Dempsey Leo J. Enright BP Fallon Tony Fenton Jimmy Greeley Emilia Golightly Vincent Hanley Colm Hayes Nikki Hayes Avril Hoare Jenny Huston Lucy Kennedy Pat Kenny Michael Lyster Maxi Mark McCabe Damien McCaul Paddy McKenna Declan Meehan Mike Moloney Caroline Morahan Arthur Murphy Jim-Jim Nugent Gareth O'Callaghan Hector Ó hEochagáin Jim O'Neill Dave Redmond Gerry Ryan Gerry Stevens Tommy Tiernan Ryan Tubridy Marty Whelan Simon Young Denzil Lacey

Shows

Current

Black Echoes Breakfast Republic Chris and Ciara The Dave Fanning
Dave Fanning
Show Drive By Larry Gogan's Golden Hour

Former

The Beatbox Breakfast with Hector The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show The Colm and Lucy Show The Full Irish The Gerry Ryan
Gerry Ryan
Show Mailbag Marty in the Morning The Rick & Ruth Breakfast Show Smells Like Saturday Tubridy

Announcers and newsreaders

Kate Carolan Rachael English Jacqui Hurley Sinéad Ní Neachtain Barry O'Neill

Other contributors

Philip Boucher-Hayes Des Cahill Oliver Callan Brenda Donohue Eamon Horan Jenny Kelly Darren Kennedy Lucy Kennedy Fiona Looney Conor McNamara Evelyn O'Rourke Laura Woods

Heads

John Clarke John McMahon Dan Healy

Related

2fm 2moro 2our Death of Gerry Ryan "Maniac 2000" Nob Nation Operation Transformation Podcasts RTÉ 2XM

Other RTÉ radio stations:

RTÉ Radio 1 RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta RTÉ lyric fm

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  Ireland
Ireland
in the Eurovision Song Contest

Participation

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Artists

1960s

1960 to 1964 Butch Moore Dickie Rock Sean Dunphy Pat McGeegan Muriel Day

1970s

Dana Angela Farrell Sandie Jones Maxi Tina Reynolds The Swarbriggs Red Hurley The Swarbriggs Plus Two Colm 'C.T.' Wilkinson Cathal Dunne

1980s

Johnny Logan Sheeba The Duskeys 1983 Linda Martin Maria Christian Luv Bug Johnny Logan Jump the Gun Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers

1990s

Liam Reilly Kim Jackson Linda Martin Niamh Kavanagh Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan Eddie Friel Eimear Quinn Marc Roberts Dawn Martin The Mullans

2000s

Eamonn Toal Gary O'Shaughnessy 2002 Mickey Harte Chris Doran Donna and Joe Brian Kennedy Dervish Dustin the Turkey Sinéad Mulvey
Sinéad Mulvey
& Black Daisy

2010s

Niamh Kavanagh Jedward Ryan Dolan Can-linn
Can-linn
feat. Kasey Smith Molly Sterling Nicky Byrne Brendan Murray Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Songs

1960s

1960 to 1964 "Walking the Streets in the Rain" "Come Back to Stay" "If I Could Choose" "Chance of a Lifetime" "The Wages of Love"

1970s

"All Kinds of Everything" "One Day Love" "Ceol an Ghrá" "Do I Dream" "Cross Your Heart" "That's What Friends Are For" "When" "It's Nice To Be In Love Again" "Born to Sing" "Happy Man"

1980s

"What's Another Year?" "Horoscopes" "Here Today Gone Tomorrow" 1983 "Terminal 3" "Wait Until the Weekend Comes" "You Can Count On Me" "Hold Me Now" "Take Him Home" "The Real Me"

1990s

"Somewhere In Europe" "Could It Be That I'm In Love" "Why Me?" "In Your Eyes" "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" "Dreamin'" "The Voice" "Mysterious Woman" "Is Always Over Now?" "When You Need Me"

2000s

"Millennium of Love" "Without Your Love" 2002 "We've Got the World" "If My World Stopped Turning" "Love?" "Every Song Is a Cry for Love" "They Can't Stop the Spring" "Irelande Douze Pointe" "Et Cetera"

2010s

"It's for You" "Lipstick" "Waterline" "Only Love Survives" "Heartbeat" "Playing with Numbers" "Sunlight" "Dying to Try" "Together"

Note: Entries scored out are when Ireland
Ireland
did not compete

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Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
2016

Countries

Finalists (by final results)

Ukraine (winner) Australia Russia Bulgaria Sweden France Armenia Poland Lithuania Belgium Netherlands Malta Austria Israel Latvia Italy Azerbaijan Serbia Hungary Georgia Cyprus Spain Croatia United Kingdom Czech Republic Germany

Semi-final 1

Bosnia and Herzegovina Estonia Finland Greece Iceland Moldova Montenegro San Marino

Semi-final 2

Albania Belarus Denmark Ireland Macedonia Norway Slovenia Switzerland

Withdrawn

Romania

Artists

Finalists (by final results)

Jamala Dami Im Sergey Lazarev Poli Genova Frans Amir Iveta Mukuchyan Michał Szpak Donny Montell Laura Tesoro Douwe Bob Ira Losco Zoë Hovi Star Justs Francesca Michielin Samra Sanja Vučić
Sanja Vučić
ZAA Freddie Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz Minus One Barei Nina Kraljić Joe and Jake Gabriela Gunčíková Jamie-Lee

Semi-final 1

Argo Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner
Ana Rucner
and Jala Greta Salóme Highway Jüri Pootsmann Lidia Isac Sandhja Serhat

Semi-final 2

Agnete Eneda Tarifa Ivan Kaliopi Lighthouse X ManuElla Nicky Byrne Rykka

Withdrawn

Xavier Naidoo Ovidiu Anton

Songs

Finalists (by final results)

"1944" "Sound of Silence" "You Are the Only One" "If Love Was a Crime" "If I Were Sorry" "J'ai cherché" "LoveWave" "Color of Your Life" "I've Been Waiting for This Night" "What's the Pressure" "Slow Down" "Walk on Water" "Loin d'ici" "Made of Stars" "Heartbeat" "No Degree of Separation" "Miracle" "Goodbye (Shelter)" "Pioneer" "Midnight Gold" "Alter Ego" "Say Yay!" "Lighthouse" "You're Not Alone" "I Stand" "Ghost"

Semi-final 1

"Falling Stars" "Hear Them Calling" "I Didn't Know" "Ljubav je" "Play" "Sing It Away" "The Real Thing" "Utopian Land"

Semi-final 2

"Blue and Red" "Dona" "Fairytale" " Help You Fly" "Icebreaker" "Soldiers of Love" "Sunlight" "The Last of Our Kind"

Withdrawn

"Chameleon" "Moment of Silence"

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