Its all over..the 'fat lady' has sung for the most successful band ever to come out of Ireland...Westlife.
mammoth music and concert sales, surpassed only by Elvis and The
Beatles, the curtain finally came down last Saturday on their 14-year
glittering career in Dublin's Croke Park where over 150,000 fans came,
to two concerts, to witness and be an integral part of the swansong of
the Sligo..and one Dub..troubadours.
The concerts started dramatically with Sligo lads Shane, Mark, Kian
and Dubliner Nicky appearing on a see-through curtain to the deafening
screams and cheers of a excited and expectant audience. To the fan's
disbelief and genuine shock the Westlife lads burst into flames in what
has to be one of the most jaw-dropping opening scenes to any major gig.
Moments later the venue erupted as the lads skipped onto the vast stage
to sing their opening number What About Love.
Dressed in leather jackets and casual trousers the foursome were in
fine voice as was every single fan in the audience, of all ages, joined
In an extremely moving moment, the giant screens showed Shane
Filan choking back the tears after the second song, What Makes A Man
Next was Coast to Coast after which Kian Egan said, "This is the
weekend we have been waiting for. Ireland you have made us feel very
special. Tonight we want to give you the best memories of Westlife ever.
We don't want anyone to walk out sad. Fourteen years is more than
anyone expected." He added later, "I will miss reading the banners at
the concerts. You know, they got dirtier and filthier the older our fans
Family is very important to the Westlife foursome and they dedicated
Queen of My Heart
to their families both present and those who have
passed during their careers. Both Kian and Nicky lost their dads during
their success and Nicky said: "Even though our dads may not be with us
tonight, we know they are here in spirit and are proudly looking down on
They then announced that their children would be joining them on
stage. The children, they told the ecstatic fans would be accompanied by
their grandparents, Westlife's parents.
Sligo's Oliver and Marie
Feehily, stood proudly beside their son Mark, as Shane Filan's parents
Peter and Mae, also from Sligo, led out his three children Nicole,
Patrick and Shane.
Nicky's five-year-old twins Jay and Rocco came out holding hands
with Nicky's mother Yvonne. Kian Egan's baby Koa was a definite
'show-stealer' as he appeared in the arms of his Sligo grandmother
SHOWSTEALER: Koa Egan takes the microphone to steal the show. Photo:RTE
As the emotionally-charged band waved for the final time to their
adoring public following a brilliant version of Flying Without Wings
was evident on their faces and expressions that the realisation of the
'final curtain' was hitting them after 14 great years at the top.
In Sligo, rumours still abound that a surprise concert might yet
take place in either Sligo Rover's Showgrounds or the GAA's Markeveitz
Park. However the Mayor of Sligo, Rosaleen O'Grady told SligoToday.ie
that although she would love to see such a concert, to finish off what
started here in Sligo, it was unlikely and that no official arrangements
were being prepared.
It would appear that solo and management careers are now beckoning
for the four who no doubt will continue to thrill audiences through
their protege's performances...or their own.
Break a leg guys!