Nicky Byrne Facts

Nicky is an Irish singer, radio presenter, dancer, TV presenter and even a former professional footballer! He is best known for being a member of Westlife.

Before his music career, he played football, representing Republic of Ireland at several junior levels. He also played for Leeds United as a goalkeeper in the mid-1990s.

In 2012, he was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, being eliminated ninth. He also represented Ireland at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Sunlight’, but failed to reach the final.

Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan were already schoolmates at Summerhill College on Sligo, Ireland.

All three sang in a school production of Grease, alongside Derrick Lacey, Graham Keighron, and Michael Garrett. They later said that they consider this as the start of Westlife.

All six members formed a group called Six as One in 1997. They later changed their band name to IOYOU.

Louis Walsh, who was also the manager of Boyzone, discovered the group after he was contacted by Filan’s mother Mae, but the group didn’t land a BMG record deal with Simon Cowell.

Cowell told Walsh: “You are going to have to fire at least three of them. They have great voices, but they are the ugliest band I have ever seen in my life.”

Three members (Lacey, Keighron and Garrett) were told to leave, and auditions were held in Dublin where Nicky and Brian McFadden were recruited.


Nicky married his teenage sweetheart Georgina Ahern in 2003, after having met when they were just 12.

Twin sons Rocco and Jay were born in 2007, and they had daughter Gia in 2013.

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Nicky Byrne age: How old is he?

Nicky Byrne is the oldest Westlife member, having been born on October 9, 1978.

Did Nicky Byrne play football?

In 2020, Nicky revealed his career could have taken a very different turn, being known for football rather than his success with Westlife.

Posting on his social media accounts, Nicky wrote: “To any Leeds fans out there, this is one of my best ever memories.

“It’s the team sheet for the squad for the Premier League game versus Southampton at The Dell in 1995.

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