Dublin’s Grafton Street came to a standstill last night as thousands of people cheered on Westlife as they flicked on the switch to the city’s Christmas lights.
It was the band's first public appearance in Dublin since band member Nicky Byrne's father Nicky Byrne Sr died suddenly less than a fortnight ago.
While he is still coming to terms with the tragic death of his beloved father, Nicky (seen here with ‘Santa’) paid tribute to the people who have supported him and his family during the ordeal.
“It's been a hard time but everybody — the media, the fans — have been brilliant and respectful to our family,” he told the cheering crowd. He added that this Christmas will be especially tough as his father would have turned 61 in a few weeks.
Last year he celebrated his father's landmark 60th birthday by buying him a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
“I'm holding up, I'm doing my best. It was just so sudden, such a shock,” he added.