Friday 27 March 2015

Two worlds collide as Irish rugby stars mix with One Direction at Croke Park

Published 26/05/2014 | 08:38

They may have their own sect of dedicated fans, but Ireland’s top rugby players couldn’t resist some 1D mania over the weekend.

Ireland players Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip and Brian O’Driscoll all made an appearance in Croke Park, joining some 250,000 others over the three evenings.

And they enjoyed the perks of celebrity as they mingled with the singers from their private box.

Cian Healy surprised his model girlfriend Holly Carpenter with tickets, much to her delight. He tweeted on Saturday: “So told @Holly0910 I was taking her to one direction tonight. She's both laughing and crying with excitement now. @NiallOfficial it's gas."

Holly later posted a photo online of her and Harry Styles, captioned “Feeling Harry”.

Her boyfriend of two years gave the show his sign of approval, tweeting: "Had a great time at the one direction concert. Seriously good show!! Even got a shout out from @NiallOfficial #cheekyHarry"

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Ireland’s number 8 Jamie also had a lady to impress- his niece. He shared several photos from backstage, thanking One Direction and their crew for helping him with his “uncle game”.

The band’s sole Irish member Niall Horan was in good company after the show. Cian uploaded a picture to Instagram of the Mullingar singer flanked by Cian, Jamie and former captain Brian.

"We need to teach @niallhoran how to squat!! @brianodriscoll @jamieheaslip #squats #ClosetDirectioners."

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Niall (20) was extremely vocal about his excitement and pride to be playing to his home crowd, telling the audience it is was the best night of his life, thanks to the “unbelievable crowd”.

He told the ecstatic crowd: "I'm a boy from Mullingar playing in Croke Park, the national stadium. It's ridiculous. I wouldn't be here without you. You're the best fans in the world….This has been a perfect night."

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This is a picture of Zara Morrissey aged 7 Chloe Morrissey aged 5 and Eabha Moss aged 8. This was their first concert and they had s brilliant time
This is a picture of Zara Morrissey aged 7 Chloe Morrissey aged 5 and Eabha Moss aged 8. This was their first concert and they had s brilliant time
Salma and Nadia Laassri, Wicklow
Petra Mac Evilly and Ava Whelan from Mullingar
One D's biggest fan?!
'And yes we did have children with us' writes Louise Clarke
'Great night had at 1D last nite with the girls, Nicole, Danielle, Kellie, Emma, Lorna, Shannon, Nina & Therese'
Avril Tormey sends in a selfie of her and all her friends at One D
Ava Carroll age 8 from Ashbourne Co. Meath
Waiting for One Direction to come on stage
One D's biggest fans!
One Direction fans
Love for One Direction
Madison & Ella,best cousins hit 1D
Lisa, Amy and Abby waiting for One Direction
Kiya & her Aunty Tasha loving it - Kiya gave the boys 1million out of ten
Katie O' Dea (Mayo) & Sinead Ryan (Dublin) on route to tonight's concert on the train from Galway!
Here is my 8 year old Daughter Ava Carroll's selfie from the 1D concert last night - Excited was not the word!
Ava, Petra and Jasmine from Mullingar at 1D last night for their first concert
Anna McGlinchey from Co.Derry with her 1d banner in Croke Park.
Megan O Connor and Romai Mc Morrow from Leitrim
Twin sisters Lea and Chloe wearing their Irish flag to make Niall proud
Supporting Niall on stage!
Raincoats on for the One Direction gig!
Gemma at the One D concert on Sunday night
From left, Courtney O Mara, Lucy Morgan , Sophie Morgan and Abbey Mc Namara from Limerick enjoying the Concert tonight
Andrew and Laura Collins
Aisling (6) and Grace (8) from Clare
Katie mason and ciara codd at their first concert...best night ever! From Laura Mason
Katie mason and ciara codd at their first concert....they never sat down for a sec.....best night ever! From Laura Mason
From Avril Tormey
And another one of Ava Carroll age 8 from Ashbourne Co. Meath !
From Laura Geoghegan
This is my daughter Nía Collins after seeing Niall Horan come out on stage at Friday Nights Show in Croke Park. She's aged 4. Please put her into your 1D selfie gallery.
From Donna Coakley
Salma and Nadia Laassri, Wicklow
Salma and Nadia Laassri, Wicklow
Hi this is me and my little girl Jessica Lynam and my niece Shannon Lester at  1D last night the pic says it all :).. Great night
Great nite had at 1D last nite with the girls, Nicole, Danielle, Kellie, Emma, Lorna, Shannon, Nina & Therese
And yes we did have children with us. From Lou Lou Clarke
Petra Mac evilly and Ava Whelan from Mullingar @1D last night!
Natasha Henigan
Madison & Ella up from wexford! From Ciara Margolin
From Sinead O' Connor
Ava, Petra and Jasmine from mullingar @ 1D last night/first concert!
Madison & Ella,best cousins hit 1D!
Kiya & her Aunty Tasha loving it - Kiya gave the boys 1million out of ten - BEST DAY EVER !!!
Here is my 8 year old Daughter Ava Carroll's selfie from the 1D concert last night ! Excited was not the word ! We live in Ashbourne, Co. Meath Thanks a mil, Rachel :-)
From Glenda Scallan
From Glenda Scallan
Lisa, Amy and Abby at Saturday nights show. From Craig Mahon
From Michelle Hickey
From Michelle Hickey
From Melissa Caffrey
From Melissa Caffrey
From Melissa Caffrey
Ava Doyle aged 7 from Dublin at her first ever concert. She spent most of it asking could Harry hear her shouting at him?! Brilliant show and really well planned out. From Amy D
From Melissa finnegan
Anita Vance and Emma Vance. From Anita Vance
From Laura Geoghegan
From Laura Geoghegan
From Laura Geoghegan
From Laura Geoghegan
From Veronica Dempsey
My 3 daughters Shauna May O'Reilly (14), Stefanie O'Reilly (12),Katie Anne O'Reilly (9) at the !D concert Friday night.From Ballinagh,Co.Cavan. From Claudia Potratz.
From Geraldine Quinn
This is my son Luke Byrne who's 13 and has downsyndrome oooohhhh the excitement was amazing 
From Sarah Dempsey
Hi!! We were there last night and this is our selfie!! Fantastic night!! brought our girls but think us aul ones turned out to be the kids in the end!!!! Xxxx Aoife, Ciara, and Jean From Galway
From Geraldine Quinn
From Deirdre Buckley
Rachel. Absolutely star struck :) From Theresa Carter
Lauren Clare at 1D, from Avril Clare
Nicole Beggs and Danielle Beggs
Here is a picture of myself and my daughter Holly at Friday nights concert...just brillant
From Derek O Mahoney
My daughter Sarah Cooney at the one direction concert on Friday 23rd of May. She was so overwhelmed to see the boys who she has loved for years. From Sinead Cooney
This is my 1 D selfie with my 7year old daughter Ella Geoghegan at the opening night. From Clare Dowling
Kaitlyn Boyce and chole Creevy last nite in croke park.
From Friday nights show. Had a great nite. Anna, Aileen & Ellen Hyland.
From Kristina O Dowd
My daughter Toni at the concert last night we both had a ball, from Mandy O' Rourke
Emer cafferkey from Achill island with her custom made irish rugby jersey for the one direction concert tonight in croke park!
Twins Emily and Katie Ni Lubhlai with their Mum Stephanie are ready to go to Croke Park to see One Direction
My daughter Katie Smith aged 11 from Drogheda ready to rock Croke Park - Susan Clarke
Michelle O Gorman
Danielle, kellie, Lorna, Shannon and Nicole, from Christina Dowling
Kyla, Hannah and leigha on bus on way to 1D from galway, from Carol Morris
Rianna & Anoala Smyth from Ballybay Co. Monaghan #onedirectionersforever! - from Sandra Roche
Mia murphy had a blast at 1D last night great show, from Sarah Murphy
From Mary O' Rourke

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