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Smells like teen spirit as stars flock to 1D gig

SUPERSTARS One Direction rounded out their sold-out stint in Dublin with a show-stopping performance, and the celebrities turned out in force to applaud Niall Horan and his band mates.

A slew of well-known faces made their way to Croke Park over the weekend and leading the way was The Commitments’ Glen Hansard.

The 44-year-old singer made the most of his star status to bag three tickets for his nieces.

TV3’s weatherman Martin King also made it a family affair and was accompanied by his photographer wife Jenny, as well as their son Alex and his cousin.

Love/Hate’s Aoibhinn McGinnity enjoyed a night out away from the set of the gangland RTE drama and turned up with pals, as did Mullingar man - Niall’s friend Eoghan McDermott - who told the Diary he was looking forward to seeing the 20-year-old Story Of My Life singer perform.

“We got to have dinner in London a couple of weeks ago and he said he was so excited for these shows,” UK-based Eoghan said.

Also spotted dancing along to 1D from the sidelines were rugby legends Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy. The Leinster players got to hang out with Niall backstage.

Meanwhile, across town, New Kids On The Block took to the stage at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and the reunited group’s lead singer Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg decided to check out the Dublin nightlife while in town.

The brother of actor Mark Wahlberg unwound in the VIP suite at Lillies Bordello and was joined for a few tipples by his actress fiancee, former Playboy bunny Jenny McCarthy (both pictured, inset).