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Portrait of   Ronan Keating dressed in a red cocktail dress  by Greystones artist Tom Byrne

Portrait of Ronan Keating dressed in a red cocktail dress by Greystones artist Tom Byrne

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Portrait of   Ronan Keating dressed in a red cocktail dress  by Greystones artist Tom Byrne

Portrait of Ronan Keating dressed in a red cocktail dress by Greystones artist Tom Byrne

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Ronan Keating, Backing Dancer...Boyzone Play The O2 Arena supported by Eoghan Quigg, Dublin, Ireland, 26/05/2009. Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Ronan Keating, Backing Dancer

Ronan Keating, Backing Dancer...Boyzone Play The O2 Arena supported by Eoghan Quigg, Dublin, Ireland, 26/05/2009. Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Ronan Keating, Backing Dancer

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Keith Duffy

Keith Duffy

Ronan Keating performing with dancers on stage

Ronan Keating performing with dancers on stage

VIPIRELAND.COM

Ronan and Yvonne Keating

Ronan and Yvonne Keating

Yui Mok

Boyzone's Stephen Gately

Boyzone's Stephen Gately

Barry Batchelor

Ronan Keating has separated from his wife Yvonne after 12 years

Ronan Keating has separated from his wife Yvonne after 12 years

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone found their video shoot emotional

Boyzone found their video shoot emotional

Stephen Gately of Boyzone

Stephen Gately of Boyzone

Liam McBurney

25/05/2008 PA File Photo of Ronan Keating of Boyzone performing live in concert at the Odyssey Arena Belfast. See PA Feature MUSIC Boyzone. Picture credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Boyzone.

25/05/2008 PA File Photo of Ronan Keating of Boyzone performing live in concert at the Odyssey Arena Belfast. See PA Feature MUSIC Boyzone. Picture credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Boyzone.

Liam McBurney

Boyzone's Stephen Gately

Boyzone's Stephen Gately

Barry Batchelor

Boyzone

Boyzone

Barry Batchelor

File photo dated 8/5/2008 of Boyzone (left to right) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynchy and Mikey Graham arrive at The Cauldwell Ball at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London. Gately has died at the age of just 33. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 11 2009. The Irish pop star and actor was on holiday with his long-term partner in Majorca when he 'tragically died' yesterday, according to the band's tour website. See PA story DEATH Gately. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

File photo dated 8/5/2008 of Boyzone (left to right) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynchy and Mikey Graham arrive at The Cauldwell Ball at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London. Gately has died at the age of just 33. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 11 2009. The Irish pop star and actor was on holiday with his long-term partner in Majorca when he 'tragically died' yesterday, according to the band's tour website. See PA story DEATH Gately. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Ian West

Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, leaves the Mon Port hotel, in Majorca, where fellow Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch were staying following the death of their fellow band member

Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, leaves the Mon Port hotel, in Majorca, where fellow Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch were staying following the death of their fellow band member

Lewis Whyld

Members of the Irish boy band Boyzone from left to right: Shane Lynch, Ronan Keating and Mikey Graham, arrive at the Palma de Mallorca airport, Spain, on Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.

Members of the Irish boy band Boyzone from left to right: Shane Lynch, Ronan Keating and Mikey Graham, arrive at the Palma de Mallorca airport, Spain, on Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.

Manu Mielniezuk

Members of the Irish boy band Boyzone, Ronan Keating, left, and Mikey Graham, right, arrive with other members of the group at the Palma de Mallorca airport on Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.

Members of the Irish boy band Boyzone, Ronan Keating, left, and Mikey Graham, right, arrive with other members of the group at the Palma de Mallorca airport on Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.

Manu Mielniezuk

A cameraman films the house where Irish boy band Boyzone lead singer Stephen Gately died Saturday Oct. 11

A cameraman films the house where Irish boy band Boyzone lead singer Stephen Gately died Saturday Oct. 11

Manu Mielniezuk

Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, leaves Calvia Cemetery in Majorca after visiting the body of Stephen Gately

Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, leaves Calvia Cemetery in Majorca after visiting the body of Stephen Gately

Lewis Whyld

5/7/1998 of The Prince of Wales talking with members of the band Boyzone Party in the Park, in aid of the Prince's Trust.

5/7/1998 of The Prince of Wales talking with members of the band Boyzone Party in the Park, in aid of the Prince's Trust.

John Stillwell

Ronan Keating of Boyzone walks  in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately. Monday October 12 2009.

Ronan Keating of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately. Monday October 12 2009.

Lewis Whyld

Mikey Graham (right) of Boyzone and Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, walk in the grounds of the Mon Port hotel, in Majorca, following his death.

Mikey Graham (right) of Boyzone and Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, walk in the grounds of the Mon Port hotel, in Majorca, following his death.

Lewis Whyld

Shane Lynch (centre) of Boyzone leaves the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately

Shane Lynch (centre) of Boyzone leaves the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately

Lewis Whyld

Mikey Graham of Boyzone walks  in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately

Mikey Graham of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately

Lewis Whyld

Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, arrives at the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca, where fellow Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch are staying following the death of their fellow band member. Picture date: Monday October 12 2009.

Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, arrives at the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca, where fellow Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch are staying following the death of their fellow band member. Picture date: Monday October 12 2009.

Lewis Whyld

Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, leaves court in Palma Majorca after hearing the results of the autopsy

Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, leaves court in Palma Majorca after hearing the results of the autopsy

Lewis Whyld

26/5/2008 of Boyzone's Stephen Gately in concert at the Odyssey Arena Belfast.Gately

26/5/2008 of Boyzone's Stephen Gately in concert at the Odyssey Arena Belfast.Gately

Liam McBurney

12/9/1999 of Cerys Matthews, singer with Welsh pop band Catatonia, and Stephen Gately, member of boy band Boyzone, at the New London Theatre, Dury Lane, in London

12/9/1999 of Cerys Matthews, singer with Welsh pop band Catatonia, and Stephen Gately, member of boy band Boyzone, at the New London Theatre, Dury Lane, in London

Sean Dempsey

8/5/2008 of Boyzone (left to right) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynchy and Mikey Graham arrive at The Cauldwell Ball at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London.

8/5/2008 of Boyzone (left to right) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynchy and Mikey Graham arrive at The Cauldwell Ball at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London.

Ian West

10/10/1996 Former Take That star Robbie Williams (bottom left) and pop star Peter Andre (bottom centre) join members of the Irish pop band Boyzone (left to right) Stephen Gately, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy (front) and Mikey Graham,  for a photocall prior to the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards in London

10/10/1996 Former Take That star Robbie Williams (bottom left) and pop star Peter Andre (bottom centre) join members of the Irish pop band Boyzone (left to right) Stephen Gately, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy (front) and Mikey Graham, for a photocall prior to the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards in London

Michael Stephens

Boyzone (left to right), Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately and Keith Duffy, perform on stage at the Big Gig Weekend at the Bath & West Showground

Boyzone (left to right), Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately and Keith Duffy, perform on stage at the Big Gig Weekend at the Bath & West Showground

Barry Batchelor

Boyzone's Stephen Gately performing on stage at the Big Gig Weekend at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

Boyzone's Stephen Gately performing on stage at the Big Gig Weekend at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

Barry Batchelor

Ronan Keating (right) of Boyzone walks  in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately.  Picture date: Monday October 12 2009.

Ronan Keating (right) of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately. Picture date: Monday October 12 2009.

Lewis Whyld

Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately, leaves the courthouse following a post mortem hearing on October 13, 2009 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Boyzone star, Stephen Gately died on Saturday night aged 33 whilst on holiday in Majorca

Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately, leaves the courthouse following a post mortem hearing on October 13, 2009 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Boyzone star, Stephen Gately died on Saturday night aged 33 whilst on holiday in Majorca

Journalists photograph the entrance of the hotel where members of the group Boyzone are staying in Port Andratx in Mallorca

Journalists photograph the entrance of the hotel where members of the group Boyzone are staying in Port Andratx in Mallorca

Mikey Graham of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral of Stephen Gately

Mikey Graham of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral of Stephen Gately

Niall Carson

Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral

Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral

Niall Carson

Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church

Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church

Niall Carson

Mikey Graham (left) of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church with Priest Declan Blake

Mikey Graham (left) of Boyzone leaving St Laurence O'Toole Parish church with Priest Declan Blake

Niall Carson

Ronan Keating of Boyzone chats with St Laurence O'Toole Parish Priest (right) Declan Blake

Ronan Keating of Boyzone chats with St Laurence O'Toole Parish Priest (right) Declan Blake

Niall Carson

Mikey Graham of Boyzone chats with Gardai about the arrangements for the funeral

Mikey Graham of Boyzone chats with Gardai about the arrangements for the funeral

Niall Carson

Mikey Graham of Boyzone chats with Gardai about the arrangements for the funeral

Mikey Graham of Boyzone chats with Gardai about the arrangements for the funeral

Niall Carson

Ronan Keating of Boyzone leaves St Laurence O'Toole Parish after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral

Ronan Keating of Boyzone leaves St Laurence O'Toole Parish after speaking with the Priest about the arrangements for the funeral

Niall Carson

Georgi Dochev leaves his flat in Pont D'Inca, Majorca. He was a friend of Boyzone star Stephen Gately who found his body

Georgi Dochev leaves his flat in Pont D'Inca, Majorca. He was a friend of Boyzone star Stephen Gately who found his body

Lewis Whyld

Boyzone

Boyzone

John Stillwell

Members of Boyzone Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin

Members of Boyzone Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin

Carmen Valino

Members of Boyzone Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin

Members of Boyzone Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin

Carmen Valino

Members of Boyzone Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's  body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin

Members of Boyzone Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin

Carmen Valino

Members of Boyzone (from left) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's  body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin ahead of his funeral on Saturday.

Members of Boyzone (from left) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch make a statement outside Majorca Airport as Stephen Gately's body is placed in to the hold of a plane which will fly to Dublin ahead of his funeral on Saturday.

Carmen Valino

Keith Duffy attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Keith Duffy attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Louis Walsh attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Louis Walsh attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Andrew Cowles is comforted by friends as he attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Andrew Cowles is comforted by friends as he attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone's Mikey Graham attends the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone's Mikey Graham attends the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Kian Egan of Westlife attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Kian Egan of Westlife attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Brian McFadden attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately

Brian McFadden attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately

Boyzone's Shane Lynch attends the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone's Shane Lynch attends the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

David Furnish attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

David Furnish attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Fans display tributes outside St Laurence O'Toole Church as Boyzone members, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham visit the body of their fellow band member Stephen Gately in Dublin

Fans display tributes outside St Laurence O'Toole Church as Boyzone members, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham visit the body of their fellow band member Stephen Gately in Dublin

Men carry flowers given by Elton John to the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Men carry flowers given by Elton John to the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Guests arrive at the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Guests arrive at the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Andrew Cowles is comforted by friends as he attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Andrew Cowles is comforted by friends as he attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy look on as  the coffin is loaded into the hearse after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy look on as the coffin is loaded into the hearse after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy look on as  the coffin is loaded into the hearse after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy look on as the coffin is loaded into the hearse after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone members  and family gather round the hearse carrying the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone members and family gather round the hearse carrying the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone members  carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone members carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

The coffin is carried out after the funeral of Stephen Gately by members of Boyzone, including Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right), Shane Lynch (rear right) at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

The coffin is carried out after the funeral of Stephen Gately by members of Boyzone, including Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right), Shane Lynch (rear right) at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone members Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right) and Shane Lynch (back right) carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone members Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right) and Shane Lynch (back right) carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone member Keith Duffy (right) is consoled outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin after the funeral of Stephen Gately

Boyzone member Keith Duffy (right) is consoled outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin after the funeral of Stephen Gately

A young Boyzone fan listens to the service outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin during the funeral of Stephen Gately

A young Boyzone fan listens to the service outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin during the funeral of Stephen Gately

A mourner crys at the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

A mourner crys at the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Vanessa Feltz attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Vanessa Feltz attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone members Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right) and Shane Lynch (back right) carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

Boyzone members Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right) and Shane Lynch (back right) carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

The crowd goes wild for Boyzone as they perform in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

The crowd goes wild for Boyzone as they perform in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

Boyzone

Boyzone

Jemma Neely and Michele Moffat at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey

Jemma Neely and Michele Moffat at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey

Caoimhe Campbell, Lauren Doherty, Meghann McKeever and Hayley Quinnell at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Caoimhe Campbell, Lauren Doherty, Meghann McKeever and Hayley Quinnell at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Margret Campbell, Francis Doherty, Maureen McKeever and Clare Campbell at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Margret Campbell, Francis Doherty, Maureen McKeever and Clare Campbell at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Jemma Neely and Michele Moffat at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Jemma Neely and Michele Moffat at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Christine and Nollen Bannon at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Christine and Nollen Bannon at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Seanan Donnelly, Cara Donnelly and Michelle Corry at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Seanan Donnelly, Cara Donnelly and Michelle Corry at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Catherine McVeigh, Nadine Quinn and Aislinn Murray at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Catherine McVeigh, Nadine Quinn and Aislinn Murray at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

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Portrait of Ronan Keating dressed in a red cocktail dress by Greystones artist Tom Byrne

A portrait of Boyzone's Ronan Keating in a red cocktail dress has been sold by a Dublin art gallery to a mystery buyer.





Painted by Greystones artist Tom Byrne, the canvas first featured in the Irish Independent last Saturday.



However, one buyer was in such a hurry to take the painting off the market last Saturday morning that they contacted the sellers, Dublin's Apollo Gallery, within minutes of opening on Saturday to purchase the canvas for €800.



"It's pretty unusual for someone to buy a painting in this manner. They bought it over the phone and, which surprised me even more, the buyer didn't ask to view the painting before they made the purchase," said artist Mr Byrne.







"All in all, I'd have to say the sale happened in very mysterious circumstances and I'm quite surprised."



However, a figure in the art trade said it was "common" for controversial pictures such as this, involving well-known figures, to be sold in such circumstances.



"The quick sale of a picture like this takes it off the market, which means it's unlikely to be featured in the media again. Very often, that's what's intended," said the source, who works extensively in the art business.

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Both The Apollo Gallery, which is based on Dublin's Dawson Street, and Byrne have refused to disclose the identity of the purchaser.



But Tom Byrne (47), whose work features in the collections of Bono of U2 and comedian Dara O'Briain, did explain the background to the painting.



"I painted Ronan Keating in a dress because I think he needs to get in contact with his feminine side to understand how seriously women take relationships. I do hope himself and his wife Yvonne get back together," said Byrne.



Ronan and Yvonne Keating announced the end of their 12-year marriage earlier this month, but are said to be in talks to repair their relationship.



Source Irish Independent




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