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Pop fans Claire Donegan from Cabra & Sinead MacCormac from Cabra 
during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Pop fans Claire Donegan from Cabra & Sinead MacCormac from Cabra during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Scarlett (8), Dinah, Meadow (3) O'Neill  all from the City Centre during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

Scarlett (8), Dinah, Meadow (3) O'Neill all from the City Centre during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

Katie Robinson (12) and Jesica Dore (14) both from Tallaght during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

Katie Robinson (12) and Jesica Dore (14) both from Tallaght during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

(L to R) Rachel Smyth, Emma Brady, Maire Smyth all from Galway 
during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

(L to R) Rachel Smyth, Emma Brady, Maire Smyth all from Galway during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

Ryan Dolan during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Dolan during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fresh Re during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

Fresh Re during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

McBusted during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

McBusted during the Cheerios Childline Concert at the 3Arena Dublin

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MUSIC stars turned out in force yesterday to entertain thousands of kids for the 17th annual Childline concert.

Held in Dublin's 3Arena, the concert raises much needed funds for the children's helpline.

Olly Murs, McBusted and Boyzone were among those who took to the stage last night.

McBusted, the first boyband 'supergroup' which is made up of members of pop groups Busted and McFly, all said they were thrilled to be on-stage in Dublin.

Online Band-member Harry Judd told the Herald how he tried to avoid online criticism but that it gave him a "very small" insight into what some youngsters face.

Ellie Goulding hung out backstage to watch boyfriend Dougie Poynter, who was also celebrating his birthday, perform.

Meanwhile, Olly Murs said he would love to play Croke Park in the future but thinks he may need a number one album here first.

2fm's Nicky Byrne hosted the show - marking his 15th year with the event.

The former Westlife star said that he will always miss performing but that splitting up was the right thing for the band to do.

"I'll always miss the concerts and the laugh we used to have. That's the buzz and you'll never be able to replace it.

"I wasn't necessarily up for the split if I'm being really honest, but with hindsight it was the right time.

"We've never fallen out, but there is just no reason for us to speak anymore, until there is a reason," he said.

Westlife split in 2012 after 14 years together. The star has since turned his hand to radio and TV presenting.

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