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Friday 19 September 2014

Liam Payne tumbles on stage at Croker

Aishling Phelan

Published 24/05/2014 | 18:44

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Liam Payne and Niall Horan of One Direction in concert at Croke Park, Dublin.. Picture:Arthur Carron
Liam Payne and Niall Horan of One Direction in concert at Croke Park, Dublin.. Picture:Arthur Carron

One Direction star Liam Payne fell for his Irish fans in Croke Park – literally.

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The singer took an embarrassing tumble in front of thousands of 1D devotees at the band’s gig in Dublin last night.

Band members looked on as Liam lost his footing and fell flat on his back on the elaborately-designed stage.

The world’s most popular boy band stopped off in Dublin as part of their ‘‘Where We Are’’ stadium tour.

Singers Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik ran over to help their red-faced friend up from the stage floor.

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The band continued with their performance but grinned cheekily as Liam got back on his feet.

The much-loved band mate saw the funny side of his stage mishap and later tweeted, ‘‘Well u gotta think on the bright side of these things least I get to watch myself on a fail compilation on YouTube.’’

He told his 16.8 million followers about the embarrassing incident in front of the Irish fans.

Mullingar native Niall Horan told the crowd from his home country, ‘‘You're the best fans in the world’’.

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"I'm a boy from Mullingar playing in Croke Park, the national stadium. It's ridiculous! I wouldn't be here without you."

He wore a green and white long-sleeve T-shirt on stage, showing off his Irish roots.

Niall also said it was "the best night of my life" and thanked Irish fans for being so 'unbelievable'.

Performing their biggest ever Irish concert, they sang their hearts out to 80,000 fans.

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The boys have just returned from a mini-break having completed their South American leg of their world tour.

One Direction fans travelled all the way from Donegal, New Zealand and Japan last night to see Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles perform.

Close to 250,000 'tweenagers' and their patient parents will attend the gigs, which run over three nights.

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