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The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

Hometown with pupils, Liam Morris (6) and Ella Hiley (6)  pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition this morning.

Hometown with pupils, Liam Morris (6) and Ella Hiley (6) pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition this morning.

Boyband with pupil Conor Graham (6)  pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition this morning.

Boyband with pupil Conor Graham (6) pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition this morning.

Hometown with pupils Maeve Scannell (6), Erin Breen (6), Sky Jones (6) and Alannah Kelly (7)pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition this morning.

Hometown with pupils Maeve Scannell (6), Erin Breen (6), Sky Jones (6) and Alannah Kelly (7)pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition this morning.

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The Hometown Boyband Dayl, Ryan, Josh, Dean, Brendan and Cian pictured at St. Damien's School, Perrystown after pupils there won The Herald/98fm Gig at School competition

THESE were the scenes as one lucky school had a dream visit from hometown - all thanks to the Herald and 98fm.

The students of St Damien's National School in Perrystown got their morning off to a great start this week as they got to meet Louis Walsh's new boyband and hear them perform their number one track, Where I Belong, as winners of the Herald competition.

However, while Hometown's star is on the rise, their manager Louis has said that he thinks their predecessors Boyzone should finish up and "go out with a little bit of dignity".

The X Factor judge formed the band in 1993 and he says that the boys "haven't had a hit record since I left".

However, Boyzone member Keith Duffy claims that Louis is only hitting out at them in order to garner attention for Hometown.

"Louis just needed press for his new band so he just does things like that where he slags us off. He's been doing that for 20 years," Keith told the Herald.

"It's like water off a duck's back at this stage, we've got a great fan base, I don't know if it's growing but our fans are very loyal.

"We played all these open air gigs in the UK this summer and they were all sold out," he added.

Boyzone recently released their motown album, From Dublin to Detroit, but Keith (40) says the band are all so busy that they may not have time to do a full arena tour next year.

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"The problem we have is trying to find a time when we're all off at the same time to be able to plan gigs ahead.

"But we're not pushing ourselves down anybody's neck, we're here if you want us. There's no reason to say 'leave while you have some dignity'. I have plenty of dignity thanks very much," he added.

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