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Niall Horan was once a part of arguably one of the most successful boy bands of our time. 

However, the Mullingar native has told Shortlist magazine that while he may be one of the music industry's most famous faces, he doesn't feel conspicuous in his home town. 

'No one blows smoke up my arse back home,' the told the mag. 

 

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'All my schoolmates, friends from Ireland, I fall right back into that group, and I don’t feel like Famous Niall Horan.'

The pop star went on to describe a trip to NYC he took with his pals from the Emerald Isle. 

'Sixteen of us went to New York for St Paddy’s day last year, dressed in green Irish suits and face paint.'

 

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'We looked like a load of d***heads, running around the place.'

'It was such a good laugh. Nobody recognised me, nobody gave a s***.'

He also added that while in London, people don't really pay too much attention to him in public either.

 

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'In London, people don’t really pay attention to me – in a good way,' he told Shortlist. 

'I’m not saying everyone should know who I am, but I go on the Tube, or walk down the street, absolutely no problem.'

'I went to Chelsea vs Tottenham at Wembley, and got the Tube there with the Chelsea fans. Nothing. Londoners are in their own little world, aren’t they?'

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It looks like Niall Horan could be set to return to Irish shores after reports suggest the former One Direction star has bought a house on a 10-acre site just outside his home town of Mullingar.

According to The Sunday Times, the six-bedroom house was originally put on the market for €1.6 million in 2011, however the asking price was slashed to €565,000 last year.

The lavish home boasts six reception rooms, six bedrooms, a games room and an outdoor swimming pool (though we're not sure how much use he'll get out of that in the Irish weather).

It's not clear whether or not the 23-year-old will make Mullingar his permanent home once again, as he already has property in Los Angeles and London.

Meanwhile, the Slow Hands singer will kick off his first solo tour at Dublin's Olympia Theatre next week and his debut album is expected to drop later this year.

He recently announced the support acts for the shows which include Gavin James, Picture This and Dublin band, Wild Youth.

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With a statue dedicated to the late great Joe Dolan in Mullingar town centre, it wasn't going to be long before the residents of the Westmeath town started making noise about honouring Niall Horan in a similar fashion.

According to The Irish Independent, Mullingar locals are calling for a street to be named after the former One Direction star.

Focussing their attention on Meeting House Lane – a pedestrian alleyway between Oliver Plunkett Street and Blackhall Street – locals have requested the area undergo a name change, and it sounds like local authorities may be on board.

"If we were to name a street after him, it couldn’t happen to a better man," said Councillor Willie Penrose.

"Niall is associated with a lot of people in Mullingar. No matter where you go in the world you should never forget where you come from."

Acknowledging the Slow Hands singer's pride in his native town, Willie continued: "Niall is a very level headed young lad. He has never lost touch with his roots or the people from here."

We're saying it right now; we're here for it.
 

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Pokémon Go has kinda taken over the world in the last few weeks.

Kids and adults alike are roaming around the earth to catch all of the Pokémon they can, and now it seems like Bressie has become a fan.

Taking to Instagram, the singer shared a video of him searching for the virtual creatures in Lough Ennell in Mullingar.

 

The most intense game of #pokemongo ever. #swimmingacrosslakes

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He captioned the pic: "The most intense game of pokemongo ever."

But that wasn't game over for Bressie. Nope, minutes later he uploaded another video, telling his fans his search wasn't over.

"Search for pokemon continues across Lough Ennell. I could swim in these magic waters all day," the Westmeath native wrote.

Did he catch 'em all, though?

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Niall Horan has certainly won our hearts after his brief stay in Ireland this week.

First it was the formation of the ultimate bromance with the great Brian O’Driscoll, than he gave the ultimate shout-out to his hometown Mullingar, during Saturday night’s performance.

But Niall proved what a complete gent he really is, by making one six-year-old’s dreams come true yesterday.

Ahead of his Sunday show in Croke Park, Niall met with Leah Hession and signed some of her One Direction items.

Leah’s mum, Lorraine said that she and her daughter were taken completely by surprise by Niall’s appearance.

“I didn’t know about it. We were in the room a few minutes and then Niall walked in. He was on his own and didn’t have security or an entourage. He must have spent five minutes with us and he 100 per cent made the effort with Leah.”

Leah is battling a rare form of kidney cancer and Lorraine’s mum revealed that the whole encounter felt like a dream to her daughter.

“He was so kind and generous and hugged her and signed all of her memorabilia. Leah keeps asking was it a dream. This has given us precious memories that will be with us forever.”

Niall went on Twitter today to thank his fans “for an incredible weekend”.

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One Direction’s Niall Horan, couldn’t resist a shout out to his hometown Mullingar, at last night’s gig.

Niall was commenting on the Sligo to Dublin train which just happened to be passing near Croke Park. He then revealed to Harry that was the same train that stopped in Mullingar.

Harry then of course joined in with the crowd when it came to chanting about “the best town in Ireland”.

(Video via YouTube/ Sarah Doran)

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