Thirty relatives to cheer on Niall at dream O2 gig
ONE DIRECTION star Niall Horan will meet up with 30 of his friends and family ahead of his 'dream' gig at Dublin's O2 arena.
The teen is set to storm the stage tonight in front of 14,000 adoring fans.
The Mullingar lad's mum Maura Gallagher told the Herald the Dublin gig was a dream come true for her son.
"He's really looking forward to it, it's his chance to shine in Ireland with One Direction.
"We're all so excited about it, I've been to two concerts in England and it's our turn now at home -- I'm so proud of him and the boys."
She is travelling up from Westmeath with 30 of Niall's relatives and close pals for the special occasion.
And Maura will be ensuring that the parents of Niall's bandmates feel at home in Dublin tonight.
"This is Louis, Harry and Liam's parents first time here too, so we're all getting together for food later -- but I won't be walking the feet off them showing them the sights," she added.
One Direction, who burst onto the scene on Simon Cowell's X Factor in 2010, will take to the stage in front a sell-out crowd this evening as part of their Up All Night UK and Ireland tour.
"Ireland we are coming, I've been waiting for this day all my life," 18-year-old Niall wrote on his social networking site in the build-up.
"I cannot wait -- let's pull the roof off the O2," he said to his 1,154,925 Twitter followers.
Niall's brother Greg will also turn out to cheer on the star and said his sibling was gearing up for an epic gig.
"All he wants to do is keep his Irish fans happy," he told the Herald. "This is Niall's home venue. It's been his dream ever since he was young.
"It's hard for us to think that our Niall will be up on stage with thousands of fans screaming at him."
Greg said that his brother relished the chance to entertain his home contingent of supporters to thank them for their loyal support.
"He has been on the road living the dream," he said.
"Niall thinks that Ireland got him through X Factor. Ireland kept the band at number one in the charts.
"He is loving everything about the Irish fans. He said to me when he was on the X Factor, 'I didn't doubt but now I know the Irish fans are there for us'."