Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Gately tattoo tribute ‘a mark of respect’

Close up of the tattoo on Ronan Keating's arm showing the number "76 09" as a tribute to his fellow band mate Stephen Gately

Ronan Keating and his Boyzone bandmates have had tattoos to mark the life and death of Stephen Gately.

Keating's tribute to his former bandmate was just visible as he appeared at Majorca's Palma Airport yesterday, before accompanying the coffin home to Dublin.

As the visibly upset singer spoke, the numbers “76 09” were apparent beneath his T-shirt sleeve. They correspond to the years of Gately's birth and death.

Each of the band members — Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham — is understood to have had a memorial tattoo to their former colleague.

Lynch is already known for his heavily-tattooed physique

A source said: “The tattoos were done as a mark of respect for Stephen.”

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