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100,000 Buble fans flock to Aviva

ALMOST 100,000 fans of crooner Michael Buble flocked to Dublin's Aviva Stadium over the weekend.

The two concerts -- held on Friday and Saturday night -- were the first to be held in the stadium.

Among the more famous faces attending the concert were Pat Kenny and his gorgeous wife, Cathy, newly single RTE star Ryan Tubridy, Unicef Ireland boss Melanie Verwoerd, former PD TD Liz O'Donnell, and losing side Celebrity Bainisteoir Peter Kelly.

The 35-year-old heartthrob has a massive following in Ireland -- his album Crazy In Love made chart history by selling the largest amount of records in one week, beating rockers U2 in the process. His two sold-out concerts only served to confirm his popularity in Ireland.

And handing out 13,000 ponchos to fans on the first night, in case it rained, only made us love him even more.

The Canadian crooner said: "I went and bought 13,000 ponchos just in case it rained. I figured if it happened, I would hand them out. It would suck if people were freezing, it wouldn't be much fun."

Almost 50,000 fans attended each concert. Promoters MCD and the gardai had a traffic plan in place designed to minimise traffic congestion, with many fans opting to use the DART to get to the stadium.

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