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Boyzone flying out to Oz in touching tribute for Steo

Boyzone's Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy will travel to Australia next month to join Ronan Keating in time to commemorate the first anniversary of Stephen Gately's death.

The Herald can reveal that the foursome are planning a special tribute to the tragic pop star.

They will be appearing on the Australian version of the X Factor alongside Keating during a Boyzone week.

Stephen died suddenly of natural causes on October 10 of last year while holidaying in Majorca with his husband Andrew Cowles.

Shane said their priority was to spend the day together in order to share memories of their late friend.

"Hopefully me and the boys will be in Australia," Shane told the Herald. "We're trying to get over there for that week. They're planning to do a Boyzone week on the show so I don't know if we're going to perform.


"We'll do anything really. As long as we're together on the day we don't mind."

Shane said he and his fellow performers were focusing on their solo projects, in his case his passion for motor racing. The singer says he is devastated that he can't continue working on RTE's All Ireland Talent Show due to clashing band commitments early next year.

Former Miss Ireland Amanda Brunker will take over from him, while Shane will continue on the show as a guest contributor.

"I really am gutted," the star said. "I tried everything to make it work, but there was just no way it was feasible because I would have missed too many shows."