ONE Direction singer Niall Horan has spoken of his love of performing to an Irish audience.
The 19-year-old popstar, who admitted he still struggles to get his head around the chart-topping group's global success, said the band's Irish tour dates are particularly special for him.
"I've been waiting to come back to Dublin since the day we left. It's always good to come back. I'm never biased. I always say the Irish crowds are the best," he said.
One Direction played the second of their back-to-back sold-out concerts at the O2 Arena last night.
They will travel to Belfast ahead of four shows at the Odyssey Arena, before returning to Dublin next week for two final dates on March 12 and 13.
Making the most of his short time at home, Horan was seen arriving to rehearsals hours before the gig with friends. He was driving a black Range Rover as he pulled into the venue.
The teenage sensation's family have divided up their allocated tickets to ensure that all of Horan's relatives and friends got a chance to see the group on stage this week.
Speaking on the Ray D'Arcy show on Today FM yesterday, Mullingar-born Horan said that he and his band mates Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne are extremely appreciative of what they have.
"Every day we're like 'look where we are'. It's unbelievable what's happened.
"We are just having a good laugh."
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