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Boys' night out for Keating at his charity bash

Ronan Keating put the pain of his marriage split aside last night as he enjoyed a boys' night out alongside Bobby Charlton, Ruby Walsh, Shane Byrne and Ronnie Whelan at the K Club.

The Boyzone singer (33) was spotted making the most of his last few days in Ireland before he returns to Australia for the next three months to film their version of the X Factor, as he joined his brother Gary Keating and sister Linda at the annual Marie Keating Celebrity Golf Classic sponsored by Ballygowan.

The outing marked Ronan's first public appearance on Irish shores since news of his shock break-up with former model Yvonne Connolly first hit the headlines last May. But despite the recent statement reiterating that he and his estranged wife are finished for good, the singer was said to have been in high spirits throughout the day, laughing and joking with fellow golfers.

And he was keen to keep the celebrations going last night as he joined his celeb pals to tuck into a three-course meal.

"It was tough for him as this is the first year he's acted as MC without Yvonne by his side, but he's in a much better place after his time in Oz and was determined to honour his commitment as he does every year," said an insider.

"He put on a brave face and did his best to ensure all those who had paid to participate in the golf challenge had a good time."