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Tight security as Robbie unveils clothing collection inspired by Irish grandad in BT

A RING of steel is due to be erected around Brown Thomas Dublin for Robbie Williams's appearance at the upmarket store tomorrow.

The former Take That star will be following in the footsteps of style icon Victoria Beckham by unveiling his new collection to a select number of guests from the fashion press. Security will be tight for his appearance as it won't be open to members of the public.

"He'll be doing a photocall, but it's strictly invitation-only," said a spokeswoman.

The star, left, who'll be taking to the stage at the O2 Dublin tomorrow night, has called his new collection Farrell and says it was inspired by his Irish grandfather Jack.

Kilkenny-born Jack was a huge influence on Robbie when he was growing up in Stoke-on-Trent -- he even has his name tattooed across his wrists.

"My grandfather, Jack Farrell -- Jack the Giant Killer -- was a huge man, built like an Irish navvy," he said. "He was an honest man, he taught me to box."

And it's fingers crossed that he'll be able to fulfil his commitment to perform tomorrow night, given that his wife Ayda is heavily pregnant and due any day now.