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Westlife have officially made their long-awaited return to our lives, thank the gods, but it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows back in the day for the boyband.

The band stopped by The Graham Norton Show last week to perform their brand new single, Hello My Love, but Nicky Byrne revealed some spicy drama.

According to the radio DJ and member of the group, Liam Gallagher told the band to "f*ck off" the first time they met. Ouch, someone take the lads to the burns unit STAT.

The 40-year-old singer claimed the band flew to London in 1998 after signing a record deal, with Louis Walsh as their manager.

Byrne told Graham Norton; “So they were having a drink in a circle of people so me and one of the boys walked over and tipped them on the shoulder."

“Liam turned around and we said, 'Liam we're Louis Walsh's new band and he just went "f*** off”. So we just f****d off." The salt, it's just too real.


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The group's new single is their first release in almost a decade, and it was penned by pop legend Ed Sheeran. 

Hello My Love went straight to number one on the iTunes on Thursday evening, and Westlife even got a congratulatory message from ex-band member Brian McFadden, despite rumours of bad blood.

Hello My Love has been popular with fans, but frequently compared to Sheeran’s hit Castle On A Hill as opposed to “your typical Westlife song”.

Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan will embark on their Twenty Tour this summer, playing two huge gigs in Croke Park in July.

Kian reiterated his opinion that their fans would be “taken aback” by their new sound, according to Metro UK“Good songs are good songs, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Westlife song or not.”

The Twenty Tour is their fastest-selling ever, selling a whopper 400,000 tickets within 48 hours of release. 


Southsiders – get ready to weep.

The construction of the Metro could reportedly halt Luas Green Line services between Harcourt and Sandyford for anywhere between 18 to 24 months.

Michael McDowell, former Tanaiste and leader of the Progressive Democrats party made the claim in his weekly column in the Sunday Business Post about the stoppage.

Subscription readers of the Sunday Business Post also learnt from Mr McDowell, that every portion of the Luas Green Line would have to undergo a rebuild of their platforms to elevate them.

This comes as the National Transport Authority plans to use high floor metro trains. 

"This means, in turn, that Luas-type trams will never again be able to operate on that portion of the line," wrote Mr McDowell. 

The proposed Metro for the Dublin area would run from Swords to Sandyford, the date of completion or the start of the building has not yet been made public. 

Before construction has even commenced, the Metro has caused controversy.

Player Jonny Cooper from a Dublin GAA club, Na Fianna took to Twitter to express how the proposed plans would impact their community. 

This isn't the first time former Tanaiste, McDowell has had qualms with the "monster" Metrolink. 

In an April blog, he penned how "we could build between seven and ten surface Luas lines," with the funding for the new Metro.

"Areas such as Glasnevin, Rathfarnham, Coolock, Ballymun, Lucan, Churchtown, Sallynoggin, Deans Grange, Clonsilla, and Palmerstown could be given a Luas tram service as successful and as convenient as the existing Luas Red and Green lines."