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We'll all cry at Westlife farewell, says Georgina

Georgina Ahern has revealed there "won't be a dry eye in the house" when chart-toppers Westlife take to the stage at Croke Park next summer.

The wife of Dublin star Nicky Byrne has said that seeing the boyband performing their final two gigs at the northside venue in June 2012 will definitely be an occasion to remember.

Tickets for the first Dublin concert in their Farewell tour set a new record after all 80,000 of them sold out in just five minutes last Friday, following their decision to split after 14 years together.

A similar reaction is expected when the second gig goes on sale this Friday as fans from all over the world clamour to see them take to the stage in their home town.

"Croke Park is going to be something else, it will be really exciting for them all and we're all going to be in tears. I was nearly crying just watching them last weekend," Georgina told the Diary.

"I don't think they expected the reaction they got with the tickets, it took everyone by surprise but it's going to be so amazing."


Westlife took to the stage at The O2 in Dublin over the weekend for the Cheerios Childline Concert, alongside stars such as JLS, The Wanted, Cher Lloyd and Jedward, a night Georgina described as "fantastic".

"It was very emotional watching them perform. I can still remember the first time they played that concert in 1997 and we were all so starstruck meeting these big stars," she said.

"Back then they were only starting off and now they're finishing their music careers as a band and they're like the daddies of the pop industry now."

But Georgina has predicted that their June 22 and 23 concerts will be their most memorable to date.

Last night saw the Westwife out in MU gym in Malahide at a charity event for Irish Premature Babies, of which Georgina is the patron. Their young boys Rocco and Jay (4) were born six weeks prematurely.

Last night saw her host a Spinathon, where she was joined by plenty of volunteers at a three-hour spinning class that covered 650 miles.

-- MF