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It's Petslife! Boys to bring pooches to Sligo gig

WESTLIFE are going to party with their families and close friends behind the stage at their Lissadell House concert on Friday -- and their pets will also get in on the act.

The boys are set to bring their pet pooches along for the show. They have specifically asked for dog bones and other dog food in their "must-have" list of backstage supplies at their first concert in seven years in Sligo, home county to three of the four singers.

Backstage sources revealed Kian, Shane, Mark and Nicky have also asked for a supply of chewing-gum. They have also asked for Lucozade Sportdrink before taking the stage in front of 10,000 fans.

Leonard Cohen, a WB Yeats fanatic who plays the venue on Saturday and Sunday nights, hasn't sought any special behind-stage packages.


He's expected to pay a private visit to Yeats' grave in nearby Drumcliffe Church graveyard.

Organisers making final preparations at the concert site -- a fielded amphitheatre in the grounds of Lissadell House -- yesterday were confident about the comfort and security for 30,000 fans over the weekend. Site manager Robbie Butler emphasised there was no comparison with the Duisburg Love Parade in Germany last Saturday when 19 people were trampled to death in a narrow space.

He said: "Lissadell is a good, natural amphitheatre with open fields all around. If there's an unlikely call for evacuation it could be done without anybody even leaving the site."

Every one of the 10,000 fans will be seated on each of three nights, and those higher up will have a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Ben Bulben on the other.

Westlife will have two support acts, Kian Egan's wife Jodi Albert and her band and Shane Filan's brother-in-law Glenn Cal, a musician who regularly plays in Sligo pubs.

Cohen will perform for three hours without support acts at Lissadell's first big show.

Sligo expects to make €3m out of the weekend, with a town-centre street party thrown in for good measure on Saturday afternoon.

Lissadell's owners Edward Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy hope concerts will become an annual event but much of that depends on a rights-of-way dispute with Sligo County Council.