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BOY ZONE: Third-time father, Westlife's Shane Filan pictured with his wife Gillian last year

BOY ZONE: Third-time father, Westlife's Shane Filan pictured with his wife Gillian last year

BOY ZONE: Third-time father, Westlife's Shane Filan pictured with his wife Gillian last year

WESTLIFE star Shane Filan has become a father for the third time.

The pop star made a last-minute dash to Sligo General Hospital with his wife, Gillian, where she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.

The newborn, which the couple are naming Shane Peter Filan after his boyband father, was born shortly after 9.30pm on Friday, weighing in at 6lbs 9oz.

A close family friend explained: "Shane and Gillian are over the moon with their new arrival. They're thrilled it's a boy and have decided to call him after his dad, which Shane is chuffed about.

"Both mom and baby are both doing great, although it was a last-minute dash to get to the hospital.

"The labour only took an hour-and-a-half so it was a close call but their doctor, Dr Heather Langan was great. She made sure everything ran smoothly and mom and baby were well looked after."

The couple already have a daughter Nicole and son Patrick, but Shane had always said he had planned to add to the clan.

It marks a bright start to 2010 after the group suffered several blows last year, including the tragic deaths of Nikki Byrne's father Nikki Senior and Stephen Gately.

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