Friday 24 October 2014

Niall Horan's brother causes Twitter frenzy with childhood snap

Lynne Kelleher

Published 20/04/2014 | 20:37

Niall Horan
Greg and Denise Horan arrive for the baptism of their son Theo at St.Michael's church, Casteltown Geoghegan in West Meath yesterday.
Photo: Tony Gavin 9/11/2013
Niall's brother Greg and wife Denise Horan

The brother of Irish superstar Niall Horan sent Twitter into a frenzy when he opened up his family album and posted adorable baby snaps of his famous sibling.

A super cute picture of Greg Horan driving a yellow truck and pulling his blonde-haired blue-eyed baby brother along in a plastic yellow trailer caused a sensation on the site.

The baby pictures were re-tweeteed by fans more than 12,000 times in the first hour after they were posted.

Greg Horan posted the picture of him looking after his baby brother with a sentimental post about their carefree childhood days in Westmeath.

“Well guys what do yee think of hero don’t he look cute I wish I could re-live those days. Big love bro”, he tweeted.

It came after he posted the first picture of Niall as a toddler to his 1.1 million followers with the tagline:  “Girls there you go guess who.”

Greg Horan with younger br.jpg 

It is testament to the extraordinary One Direction effect that the only brother of Mullingar superstar has amassed more than a million followers.

Niall’s siblings has more followers than Hollywood star Chris O’Dowd or Saturdays popstar Una Foden but it still pales in comparision to the singer’s 18 million followers.

The older brother of Ireland’s most famous person has an avid following of teenage fans hanging on his every tweet thanks to his connection to the 20 year old superstar.

Dungarvan bodyguard Paul Higgins has a similar devoted following of 897,000 fans due to his dream job minding the world’s famous pop group.

The Waterford security guard has been protecting the fivesome since they were formed on the X Factor in 2010 as teenager boys and has a close relationship with the group members.

The famously ardent Directioners use the internet to get direct access to the fivesome and those closest to them.

The band’s millions of followers are credited with catapulting the band into their position as a record-breaking 21st phenomenon causing Beatle-style mania across the globe.

Even bogus accounts related to the Horan family attract an army of fans who are duped by people posing as Niall Horan’s relations on the site.

A woman posing as his mother Maura Gallagher gathered 57,000 followers despite his mother publicly stating that she doesn’t have a twitter account.

Golf superstar Rory McIlroy and comedian Dara O’Briain are the only Irish people to get remotely near Niall Horan’s massive following with 1.8 and 1.6 million followers respectively.

Saturdays star Una Foden has the biggest following of an Irish female with 789,000 signed up to her twitter feed with Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch also making it into the top ten most followed Irish people on twitter at No. 9 with 622,000 followers.

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