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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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It's been seven years since former Boyzone member, Stephen Gately, passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition in the home he shared with his husband Andrew Cowles in Spain.

And there's no doubt that the void he left in the band he helped to form in the early 90s is as big today as it was back in 2009.

Taking to Instagram last night, Ronan Keating paid tribute to the friend he described as 'his wingman' at his funeral seven years ago.

Sharing a snap of Stephen, Boyzone's lead singer acknowledged the songer's love of all things Disney, writing: "Hey Steo. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — Zeus (Disney'sHercules)"
 

Finishing the post which has clocked up more than 6,000 likes so far, Ronan added: "Miss ya bro."

Paying their own tributes, fans of the Dubliner added their own thoughts with one writing: "And Steo was the biggest hero of them all. A ray of sunshine in our lives. RIP, Steo. 7 years on but never ever forgotten."

"How can I miss someone so much who I didn't even know?? He touched my heart and I will never forget him," added another.

Stephen's funeral was celebrated in the Church of St. Laurence O'Toole on October 17 2009.

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It was the celebrity wedding of the summer: Boyzone star Ronan Keating married TV producer Storm Uechtritz in a glittering four-day celebration in Scotland.

And now the first snaps of their Big Day have emerged – with all eyes being on the 34-year-old bride's stunning dress.

The Aussie-native wore a bespoke Chantilly lace dress embroidered with silk and organza petals. Created by designer Steven Khalil, also an Australian, rather than being stark white the gown sports a soft, warm hue. 

With the likes of Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham, as well as Dannii Minogue and Brian McFadden all in attendance, the star-factor was always going to be high.

But even Storm herself was uncharacteristically mute when none-other than Ed Sheeran came on to perform during their reception. 

In an tell-all interview with HELLO! magazine, which exclusively covered the event, Ronan reveals: "Ed's a good friend and Thinking Out Loud is one of mine and Storm's songs.

"When we all caught up in New York City a couple of months ago, I sounded him out about doing it and he didn't hesitate. I was blown away. He is the most grounded, decent guy in the business and what a talent.

"Storm was speechless when Ed appeared. That doesn't happen often!"

Still, the new Mrs Keating had a surprise of her own for the groom: a customised Land Rover Defender which she presented to him immediately after they said their vows.

Ronan describes the car as "the best present ever".

"I've had a couple of them over the years," he states, "but nothing like this one. She has customised it exactly how I would have done it myself – she knows me so well."

Meanwhile, and away from the trappings of a high-profile celebrity wedding, this was very much a family affair – much like the couple's stag and hen dos

In fact, Ronan's son Jack, 16, was best man at the open-air ceremony, while daughters Missy, 14, and nine-year-old Ali were Maid Of Honour and flower girl respectively.

Even the family's pet pug, Aussie, got in on the action: she was ring-bearer and trotted along a petal-strewn aisle with the wedding rings tied around her neck.

"It was a perfect day. We always wanted the wedding party to be just us and the kids," Ronan, 38, also tells HELLO! "It's so special for me that Storm would want the girls to be by her side.

"I'm so proud and honoured. It means the world."

Ronan goes on to tell how he believes his late bandmate, Stephen Gately, who died in 2009, had a hand in ensuring they were basked in sunshine for the entire celebration.

"I know that my Mam, Steo and Storm's granddad had a hand in making sure the weather was perfect – the one thing that was out of our hands."

You can find out more about Ronan and Storm's wedding day at hellomagazine.com and you can read the full interview with lots more pictures in this week's edition of HELLO! which is out tomorrow. It's also available to download tomorrow via iPad, Android, and Kindle fire.

 

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Ronan Keating enjoyed the opening night of his new West End show, Once, this week and has found a way to remember his Boyzone bandmate Stephen Gately, who passed away in 2009.

The Boyzone star told reporters at the show that he would be wearing red socks for the entire run of the show as a tribute to his old friend: “Red was his favourite colour so that’s my little tipping of the cap to Stephen. I wish he was here.”

Ronan remembered how Stephen loved doing shows: “I never thought I’d do a musical; that was Stevo’s gig. That was his thing and he was amazing at it.”

The Irish pop star's fellow bandmates, Mikey, Shane and Keith showed up at the debut of the West End musical to show their support for Ronan. 

What a beautiful tribute Ronan has given his old bandmate and best friend. 

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The family of the late Stephen Gately are planning a new probe into the circumstances surrounding his death.

The Boyzone singer was found dead in an apartment in Majorca in 2009, at the age of 33. It is believed he died from natural causes after a build up of fluid on his lungs caused a heart attack – but his younger brother Tony says the family never received a full explanation from Stephen's partner Andrew Cowles. 

"Only two people know what went on the night he died," Tony told The Sun. "They are his husband Andrew and a Bulgarian guy, Giorgio, who was invited to their apartment. Neither of them have fully explained to me what happened."

Stephen was found slumped on the couch in the holiday apartment he and Andrew shared while in Majorca. While out that night in gay club The Black Cat, they met the Bulgarian model Giorgio Dochev, and invited him home with them. Giorgio later revealed that Stephen had smoked cannabis on the evening of his death.

Stephen's family are now considering hiring a private investigator once a financial dispute with Andrew is settled. The Boyzone star, who never wrote a will, had assets totaling around €1.9 million, most of which will go to Andrew. But Tony says the family are not even being granted possession of treasured sentimental items like gifts, as Andrew has put a price on everything.

"There was a gold bracelet that our brother Mark got Stephen and his solicitor is now asking £7,000 (€8,800) for it," said Tony. "It only cost around £2,000 (€2,500) in the first place."

Thousands of fans attended Stephen's Dublin funeral in 2009, and his coffin was carried by his former band mates, after they travelled to Majorca to bring his body home with Andrew.

 

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