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Sunday 17 December 2017

Born pop star Niall’s living the dream, says his dad

THE father of Irish X Factor boyband hopeful Niall Horan has said his son is "living his dream". Bobby Horan, dad of teenager Niall (17), says he is bursting with pride as he watches his son perform with One Direction.

Niall, from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, has been in rehearsals all week with Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. And his proud father will be watching as his son takes to the stage once again tonight. “It is utterly stomach churning to watch, but that we’re delighted for him.

He is living his dream, and we’re extremely proud. “He has always wanted to be on X Factor,” says dad Bobby. “Niall is no stranger to the stage. In fourth class, he played the lead role in a school production of Oliver and has performed ever since.” In preparation for his big break, Niall sang and acted with the Mullingar Arts Centre, and previously supported former X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels at The Academy, in Dublin. “He can sing anything,” Bobby told the Herald. “He especially loves The Eagles.

Hopefully they can perform a track of theirs one week.” Flying the Irish flag alongside Mary Byrne and Belle Amie’s Rebecca Creighton, Niall was chosen with fellow contestants to make up group One Direction. The teenage heartthrobs have been met with hordes of screaming fans wherever they go. “There has been fantastic support for Niall and One Direction,” Bobby said.

Niall’s secondary school Colaiste Mhuire in Mullingar, is firmly behind the budding star. Close friend Graham Dowling (17) spoke to the Herald of Niall’s newfound fame. “He’s like a celebrity here, there are posters everywhere.” Graham, who has known Niall for 10 years, said he was a born popstar:

“He is always singing or humming and always had a good voice without any training.” Multi-talented Niall is a self-taught guitar player and has a special gift for speaking in different English accents. “He is very witty and good-humoured. He could probably do a better Geordie accent than Cheryl Cole,” Bobby admitted.

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