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Thursday 29 June 2017

'Bombing was hard to take', says Nicky

Former Westlife member Nicky Byrne
Former Westlife member Nicky Byrne

Former Westlife member Nicky Byrne says the attack was "very hard to take" because the band had performed at the Manchester Arena many times.

The Malahide man (38) said he feels sorry for singer Ariana Grande, who had just finished her gig when Salman Abedi blew himself up, killing 22 people.

"It was horrible," said Byrne (right).

"I know the arena so well, I think we did 30-odd shows there for Westlife.

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"I think we supported Boyzone at the very start there."

After the attack, Ariana postponed the remaining dates of her European tour and Nicky reckons it will be quite a while before she feels comfortable on stage again.

"She's only 23 and I think that lives with you forever," he told the Herald.

U2 frontman Bono spoke out against Islamist fundamentalists during an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! chat show.

"They hate music. They hate women. They even hate little girls. They hate everything that we love," he said.

"The worst of humanity was on view in Manchester [Monday] night but so was the best. People took perfect strangers into their houses and queued up for blood banks.

"Manchester has an undefeatable spirit, I can assure you."

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane sent his condolences to those affected by the tragedy.

"It was shocking news. The people that carry out these acts on innocent people; it's shocking that we live on a planet like that, and very scary," he told RTE Sport.

"You're always concerned and send your best wishes to the people that suffered."

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