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Sunday 11 December 2016

The only way is up for Niall and One Direction

David Whelan

Published 20/08/2011 | 05:00

Band members joke around for the
cameras before an interview with 98FM, on Grand Canal
Quay, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Collins
Band members joke around for the cameras before an interview with 98FM, on Grand Canal Quay, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Collins
One Direction fans clamour to catch a glimpse of their favourites

HUNDREDS of screaming girls couldn't control their emotions yesterday as boyband One Direction rolled into town.

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Devoted fans travelled from all over the country and crammed the entrances of radio stations across Dublin to catch a glimpse of the teenage heartthrobs.

The boys had a busy day dashing from appearances in Belfast before making several stops in Dublin.

The group's Irish member, Niall Horan, wore a tricolour as he greeted the throngs of girls waiting outside the Malt House on Grand Canal Quay, Dublin.

Niall -- from Mullingar, Westmeath -- is rumoured to have told bandmates Zayn, Harry, Louis and Liam that crowds in Ireland would be "bigger and better" than anywhere else they had been.

Claina Murphy and Lauren Kempson (14), from Drimnagh, who had been waiting outside the venue from 8am, said that while the guys were "gorgeous", it wasn't their only talent -- and declared that "they might even be bigger than Take That".

The boys kept the fans waiting, after they were held up themselves, but many seemed not to care as they chanted "One Direction" and "Marry me" to every car that came close.

Stacey Wall (14) from Kildare said it was well worth the journey.

"I love Niall but I love Harry more and I nearly got to touch him. I would do it all again tomorrow if I had to," she said.

The band was officially unveiling the music video for their first single, 'What Makes You Beautiful', which goes on sale tomorrow.

The release of the single was originally scheduled for June but was pushed back to coincide with the start of this year's 'X Factor'.

The boys were put together as a band by Pussycat Doll and 'X Factor' judge Nicole Scherzinger on last year's show after auditioning individually.

They finished third behind Rebecca Ferguson and the eventual winner, Matt Cardle.

The group then signed a €2.3m record contract with Syco and were part of the 'X Factor' live tour earlier this year throughout the UK and Ireland.

Irish Independent

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