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Ryan Tubridy is delivering a massive treat this week for RTÉ viewers, both for rugby fanatics and the 1990s generation.

Fresh from his heroic performance on Saturday which saw Ireland defeat the All Blacks, man of the match Peter O'Mahony is dropping by RTÉ One studios to discuss the immense victory, and what the team has planned for 2019's World Cup.

It's fair to say the entire nation was screaming at the TV, or else hiding behind the couch from the sheer tension of the match, where Ireland beat New Zealand for only the second time ever by 16:9 points, and Peter O'Mahony played a massive role.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Next up: it's Boyzone, every 1990s Irish gal's dream.

After selling over 25 million records, it's fair to say that Boyzone have enjoyed phenomenal success.

With several number 1 albums and numerous top-selling singles, the boys are set to embark on their farewell tour after 25 years, we are SO THERE.

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy will be telling Ryan Tubridy why it’s time to say goodbye.

Professor Brian Cox is stopping by, continuing on his journey to make complex scientific ideas understandable to all. 

The charismatic scientist joins Ryan to explain his passion for unpicking the infinite universe around us, and tells us why he's going on tour to bring science on the road.

Whether you're a nerdy fan or a total science novice, he's a fascinating guest to watch speak.

Fr Tony Coote was diagnosed earlier this year with Motor Neurone Disease and chose to walk the length of Ireland to raise awareness and funds for sufferers.

He will be speaking to Ryan on the show alongside Professor Orla Hardiman, consultant neurologist at Beaumont Hospital. Fr Tony intends to discuss the success of “Walk While You Can” and how he is adapting to life with the disease.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Some of the entrants for Carer of the Year will also be guests on tomorrow nights show, so it's the perfect chance to hear about the amazing work they do in incredibly intense circumstances. 

Mario Rosenstock will be providing the comedy element with his renowned impressions, and music will be from The Stunning who are joined by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

There is also a pair of tickets to next week’s Late Late Toy Show up for grabs in the viewer prize, perfect for the kids to come along to.

The Late Late Show airs on RTÉ One this Friday, November 23 at 9.35pm.

You won't want to miss this one.

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Today marks the ninth anniversary of Stephen Gately's tragic death and his fellow Boyzone members have been remembering him.

Get the tissues ready, the lads have opened up about the Irish pop star with emotional messages.

They paid touching tributes to their band member, who died from natural causes at age 33, on October 10 2009 at his holiday home in Majorca.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ronan uploaded a picture of his tattoo in Stephen's honour, along with some memories of the singer.

"I hear your laugh every day bro. That wicked sense of humour still gets me through," he wrote.

"Thank you for the friendship. Can’t believe 9 years have passed. Miss ya Bro your song will last forever," he added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shane posted a picture without a caption saying: "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

Whereas Keith Duffy opted for a collage of throwback pictures of them together.

He wrote: "there’s not a day goes by where I don’t remember a wonderful memory of times spent with this beautiful beautiful man. I miss you Steo."

Stephen lives on in our memories and the music he created with Boyzone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The boys, including Mikey Graham, rose to fame in the 1990s and captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world.

Some absolute tunes included Words, A Different Beat and No Matter What.

The group has continued to make music and it's reported that they'll hit us with a new album by the end of the year.

The farewell album is titled Thank You & Goodnight, and it will allegedly feature a tribute to Gately, and contains some of his vocals. 

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After a quarter of a century of Boyzone, the lads are closing this particular chapter in their lives.

The boy band, made up of Keith Duffy, Michael Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch, just announced their final album and farewell tour.

"When we started out as five young Dublin Northsiders, eager to face the world, we never imagined that we'd still have an army of fans some 25 years later… If you'd seen our famous first TV appearance on The Late Late Show, you'd probably be surprised too!" they wrote in a statement on their website.

Boyzone has released six albums, and the members say their musical career has been 'the stuff of dreams'.

 

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"We really can't put into words just how much you, the fans, have supported us along the way. Without that support, we would have never achieved what we have, and for that we're eternally grateful," they shared.

The four men also paid tribute to late Boyzone member Stephen Gately in the statement. He died at the age of 33 from pulmonary oedema, or fluid accumulation in the lungs.

"We were immensely touched by all the tributes and messages of support that helped us through the dark days," the band members wrote, "Stephen was our brother and will always be at the very the heart of Boyzone."

 

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The four remaining members of Boyzone expressed that they feel they've outgrown their boy band days.

"We're certainly not boys anymore, and we all feel that we should now call time on our lives together as Boyzone and go out on a real high," they noted.

The band will be embarking on a farewell tour this winter, with a show in Belfast's SSE Arena on January 23 and another in Dublin's 3Arena on January 24, as well as gigs throughout the UK.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 22 at 9am.

 

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Their last album is entitled 'Thank You & Goodnight', and it'll be out this November with a dozen new tracks, including one dedicated to Stephen:

"We're especially excited to share a very special tribute to Stephen in the shape of a new song, 'I Can Dream.'

"We came across a demo that he originally recorded for his solo album in 2002 and we've had the opportunity to re-work the song and add our harmonies alongside his lead vocal.

"It was a bittersweet experience to hear all our voices together again. It's the closest the five of us will ever get to being in a room together again making music." 

They added, "We know this love's forever. That's all that matters, no matter what…"

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Emotions ran high on Celebrity Big Brother last night as Shane Lynch spoke fondly of his former Boyzone bandmate, Stephen Gately.

In a conversation with his fellow CBB housemates, Shane admitted that the late star still has a huge influence on the band's music, saying how there will “always be five” members of the group.

Stephen died of natural causes while holidaying in Majorca in 2009. He was just 33-years-old.

He went on to describe himself as “the wingman, not the singman”, telling US singer Ginuwine how Stephen and Ronan usually took the leads.

“One of our bandmates, he died. It was '09 he died. And he was one of the leads too,” he explained.

“He was 33 when he died. When that happened, we were in the middle of making a new album. And at that point we were like, 'What do we do? Do we call it a day? Is there no more Boyzone? Is that it?'”

“But every time we got together as a group, the four of us came together, it was very apparent that he was alive, when we came together.”

“Because that was our bubble. He's so there. So we'll always be five, regardless of visually what you see. He will always be there.”

Shane's touching words struck a chord with viewers, many of whom took to Twitter to pay tribute to Stephen Gately eight years after this untimely death.

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Brian McFadden might be joining Boyzone… and we're not quite sure how we feel about it.

Brian travelled with Boyzone's Keith Duffy for the majority of this year, where they mashed up the music of Boyzone and Westlife to create er, Boyzlife.

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The lads performed in hotels around Ireland and the UK, but now that Boyzone is embarking on its 20th anniversary tour, the lads will be playing to a much bigger audience.

At first, it looked like Brian would be the supporting act for Ronan, Mikey, Shane and Keith, but Shane Lynch has hinted that Brian might play a much bigger part in the tour.

He told The Irish Sun: "There's a possibility of Brian joining us.

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"He's doing the whole tour on a support but there is no point in him hanging around.

"I'd like to bring him on stage for a couple of songs with the boys," he added.

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Boyzone are back!

The guys have been busy working on a very special 25th anniversary album, and it looks like they've enlisted the help of some very talented song writers.

During a recent interview, Shane Lynch revealed that Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith had both penned tracks for the boyband, but admitted that nothing was set in stone just yet.

He told The Sun: “We have gathered a number of tracks. We’re not finished yet, we are still harvesting. We have a track from Ed and one from Sam.”

The track that Sam’s written, I absolutely adore. I love the record so I hope it goes on the album.”

He added: “We are also dealing with some of the guys who worked recently with UK artists from Emeli Sande to Professor Green and Labrinth.”

Shane also told the newspaper that the album was due for release some time between September and February, and confirmed the band would embark on a tour next spring.

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“It’s all happening. We’re recording pretty much whenever we can get to a studio.

“We are all floating around a bit doing individual projects — some in London, some in LA, Ronan is in and out of Australia.

“Nowadays recording is brilliant because you don’t actually have to be there, you can send files around the world.”

This will be the band's first release since their 20th anniversary album in 2013.

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And it's confirmed!

After months of wondering will they, won't they, Boyzone has finally announced that they are reuniting.

To mark the 25th anniversary of forming the boyband, the lads are heading back out on the road, and we won't have to wait long either.

 

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Announcing the news on social media, the group said: "2018 will see Boyzone celebrate their 25th anniversary!

"That's something that Ronan, Keith, Mikey & Shane are incredibly proud of. Plans are being hatched for new music and lots of touring throughout the year.

"But next year still seems a long way off so in case you can't wait, the Boyz are hitting the road for some exclusive UK shows later this summer.

"Dates and ticketing details will be announced here soon."

Unfortunately, the band haven't mentioned if they'll perform in Ireland this year, so keep your eyes peeled.

We can't wait to sing along to some old school classics.

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To be fair, it was a good one.

This weekend's Sunday Brunch saw stars such as Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick, X Factor star Louisa Johnson, and of course, our very own Shane Lynch of Boyzone fame join the show.

Shane was on the cooking programme to promote his new National Geographic TV series, Supercar Megabuild.

However, when he sat down on the couch with hosts Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy, fans noticed something very "odd" about him.

He was speaking with an American accent.

The 40-year-old left viewers completely baffled, and many took to Twitter to express their confusion:

Did you catch him on the show? What's your opinion on the accent?

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Ronan Keating has revealed that Boyzone’s 25th anniversary wont go by unnoticed.

A major reunion celebration is in the works for 2018, when the boys will mark a quarter of a century in the music industry. 

Ronan, along with band mates Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy, are discussing a big return. 

"Twenty five years! It’s such a long time and so much has happened,’ Ronan told The Sun."

"I’m sure we’ll mark it in some way. But whether by tour, record, book, musical.  We haven’t decided yet."

 

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We can't wait to see what the boys come up with 25 years down the line. 

We're keeping our fingers crossed for a brand new album full of nostalgic 90s vibes!

Between Hanson, B*Witched and now Boyzone, we're spoiled for choice with 90s pop icons. 

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Boyzone are coming back… AGAIN.

The lads celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2011 with an international tour called BZ20 which played in some major cities around the world.

However, they want to do it all over again for the band's 25th anniversary.

"Next year will be the 25th anniversary of Boyzone and we are looking at celebrating that somehow, whether it will be a tour or a new album," Ronan Keating told the Nottingham Post.

"We are not sure just yet but we will definitely be doing something," he added.

Sounds good lads, we can't wait!

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Boyzone are heading towards their 25th anniversary, and they plan to do it in serious style.

The band reportedly wants to mark the occassion with a major TV documentary and a Wembley Stadium gig.

According to the Daily Star, the documentary will look at the highs and lows of the band throughout the years – as well as the heartbreaking passing of Stephen Gately.

"The lads have the potential to deliver a fascinating documentary about their rise, success, world tours, Stephen's death, comebacks and staying together," an insider told the publication.

The source also revealed that it's Ronan Keating that is pushing the anniversary to be a huge event.

"For Ronan there is no other option, the 25th will be a huge deal and may be the last major milestone for them to celebrate in style.

"He's getting the boys onside to keep 2018 free for a series of projects, the biggest being to headline Wembley. It would be a celebration of all the boybands." the insider added.

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We absolutely love the Irish fans over in France at the moment.

They're just going about their days singing, dancing, and catching up with ex-Boyzone singers.

Yep, in the latest video of the Irish at the Euros 2016, Keith Duffy is in the middle of a huge group of fans and he's having the time of his life.

Spotted on Joe.ie, he starts singing No Matter What, and it's like no version you've ever heard before.

We love it. Gwan' the Irish!

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