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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Rihanna performs live on stage at Twickenham Stadium on June 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Rihanna performs live on stage at Twickenham Stadium on June 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Rihanna performs live on stage at Twickenham Stadium on June 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

POP princess Rihanna was on sparkling form last night as she wowed more than 50,000 fans at Dublin's Aviva stadium.

The Bajan beauty was blasted earlier in the week for showing up over two hours late for a gig in Birmingham on Monday night.

But the bad girl of pop was on her best behaviour last night as she belted out 25 songs during her Diamonds world tour set, including smash hits What's My Name, We Found Love and Umbrella.

The star arrived on stage shortly after 8.30pm.

Earlier in the day, fans of all ages began filing towards the stadium in Dublin's Ballsbridge, many as early as 4pm.

Summer style was in full flow as thousands of Irish women did their best to channel trend-setter Rihanna's quirky style.

Kim O'Connor (22) went for urban street chic as she was joined by a group of 10 trendy pals.

"We got our tops from Penneys and we love Rihanna's style so we wanted to do something different," the Newbridge native told the Herald.

 

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There was plenty of reason to celebrate for Kim as her friends Aideen O'Sullivan and Edel Ford celebrated their 21st birthdays at the concert.

"We'll go back to Newbridge and keep partying there after the concert," said the girls, who were enjoying their second RiRi gig.

Dubliner Amy Westwood (20) was on top form as she turned out for her first ever Rihanna concert alongside pals Lizzie McGee, Niamh Gibney and Shauna Lee, all 21.

The girls put their best fashion foot forward as they completed their concert look with shiny, gold head pieces.

"We all love Rihanna and we're the best of friends so it's going to be a great night," said the Ballyfermot group, who were planning to celebrate the remainder of the night at the Red Cow Hotel in Tallaght.

There was plenty of Rihanna memorabilia on sale outside the Aviva Stadium, but some fans preferred to go down the DIY route.

Bray youngster Aoife Bhone went creative as she designed her own Rihanna T-shirt especially for the big night.

"I bought the Rihanna sticker on eBay and got the white T-shirt in Tesco, so it was really simple and cheap," Aoife told the Herald.

Aoife was in high spirits as she was joined by good friend Aoife Doonan, who opted for a buttoned check shirt from Penneys.

Tipperary teenager Leigh Quinlan (16) and her sister in-law Emma Quinlan (25) were looking forward to a night on the tiles after travelling up from the south to see Rihanna for the first time.

"It's our first time at her concert and we are staying in Bewley's Hotel tonight, so there will be a big party – we'll see where the road takes us," explained the girls.

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