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Westlife are crowned Meteors kings with a decade at the top

TOP music acts from at home and abroad rounded off an evening of celebrations at the exclusive Wright Venue in Swords last night -- where the official Irish Meteor Award's after-party took place.

Celebs including Westlife, Louis Walsh and Claudine Keane took over the Northside spot's elite VIP area for an invite-only bash, enjoying free-flowing champagne into the early hours.

Marking their 10th year in a row as the recipients of the Best Irish Pop Act, Westlife stars Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily were all joined by their other halves for the celebration in the club's Scarface Suite.

Kian explained how his new bride Jodi Albert had made a special effort to jet in from London for the post-awards show bash, given that she is currently busy rehearsing for the launch of her new girlband, which is to be managed by her hubby and Louis Walsh.

Shane, meanwhile, was enjoying a rare night out with his wife Gillian after the couple welcomed their third child, Shane Peter Filan, into the world less than a month ago.

"It's all going great," Shane told the Herald. "I think that's it babywise for a while, maybe that's it for ever," he added.

Mark, meanwhile, was busy celebrating his engagement to longtime partner Kevin McDaid, but refused to reveal details of the big proposal, explaining that even his bandmates weren't privy to that information.


Glamorous Malahide beauty Claudine, who had attended the Awards show with her mother Joan earlier, was flying solo later in the evening when she joined a group of pals at the Wright Venue.

The yummy mummy explained how her footballer husband, Robbie Keane could not make it as he was committed to playing a match but said she was looking forward to spending time with him upon her return to Glasgow tomorrow evening.

The Script meanwhile, who took the award for Best Live Performance at the ceremony in the RDS earlier that night splashed the cash on drinks for friends and family at the Four Season's Ice Bar following the show.

"We watch the award shows all the time and we were messing around earlier in the day wondering should we write a speech but we decided not to even bother since we were up against the likes of U2," Glen Power told the Herald. "We're absolutely delighted and needless to say stunned."

He went on to explain how he had taken the opportunity to visit his old school while he was back in Dublin this week to leave a letter for his old guidance councillor, who had warned him that pursuing a music career was a waste of time. According to the music star: "It (the letter) said: 'Thanks so much for the advice you gave me all those years ago, I'm glad I didn't take it. Glen.'"

He added that The Script have no plans to play a concert at the O2 until they have released a second album.

UK singer Pixie Lott, who was also spotted hanging out at the hotel, performed at the event, alongside Paulo Nutini, Florence and the Machine, Bell X1, The Coronas and Weslife.

U2's Adam Clayton was on hand to present the Industry Award to Henry Mount Charles, who admitted he was in awe after the rockstar's moving speech, and confirmed that this year's Slane concert will take place on August 28, but would not give any clues as to who will be taking to the stage.

Actress Leigh Arnold and former Podge and Rodge star Virginia Macari set pulses racing when they joked that they might do "a Britney and Madonna and share a kiss" while presenting the award for Best Irish Male.

RTE'S Gerry Ryan was joined by his two daughters, Lottie and Bonnie, explaining that his partner, Melanie Verwoerd was saving herself for tonight's IFTAs ceremony at the Burlington, to which she will accompany him.

Other guests included Grainne Seoige, Kathryn Thomas, Lorraine Keane, Lisa Cannon, Karen Koster, Anna Daly, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Sinitta and, of course, host of the evening, Amanda Byram, who made a total of four costume changes on the night.