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Tubridy is a Diamond son to his mum with birthday concert gift

IT WAS a case of mum's the word for RTE's Ryan Tubridy over the weekend.

The Herald can reveal that the Late Late Show presenter treated his uber-glamourous mother Catherine to a trip to the Neil Diamond concert at the Aviva stadium for her birthday.

And he opted to make it a family occasion with the entire Tubridy clan, including his brothers Garrett and Niall and sister Aine.

And mummy's boy Tubs even organised a birthday cake to surprise his mother at the concert.

Ryan was given the exclusive VIP box by Neil Diamond himself, after he interviewed him on the Late Late a month ago.

He was reportedly so taken with the presenter that he personally invited him and his family to Saturday's sell-out show.

And Ryan was equally impressed by the laid back crooning legend, saying afterwards "he gave a masterclass on old schoolsmanship."

Tubs was not the only VIP to get the red-carpet treatment at the gig at the packed sports ground.

Justin Green, boss of events company MCD, hailed the gig as a "huge success" and said they were thrilled with the response from Diamond's Irish fans.

Dermot Desmond and his wife Pat made a night of it in a VIP box with a group of pals.

They arrived with their friends in a people carrier parked outside The Berkeley Court Hotel and headed into the packed music bonanza.

Joe Duffy and comedian Syl Fox also enjoyed Neil Diamond but in truth were there for the support act -- Ballyfermot belter Mary Byrne.

The X Factor star said the 40,000 fans helped her through her crippling nerves.

"This was by far the biggest gig I have ever done," she said.

"It was amazing and the fans were just incredible.

"I was actually bricking it before but everyone helped me through it.

"When you are on the X Factor you only see the couple of hundred people in the studio audience and you fool yourself into thinking you are singing just for them.

"You forget that 20 million people are watching you around the world otherwise you would die with nerves.

"But last night it was 40,000 people right in front of me singing my songs back to me and I'll never forget that.

"It's funny I had all my family backstage cheering me on.

"They had to get their own tickets though, you don't get as many freebies as people think but that's showbusiness."