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Hugo Duncan: Great memories of boyband days

By Hugo Duncan

I was invited to join Gabriel Dolan and his family at the Fir Trees Hotel in my home town, Strabane, for a special birthday celebration at the weekend.

I have known the Dolan family for a long time - in fact, Gabriel and I sang together in the parochial hall in Castlefin on Sunday afternoons 55 years ago in a boyband (we were the first Westlife!).

The party was held to mark the birthday of Gabriel's wife, Josie. On the night, supplying the music with me was Curtis Magee, the other 'Wee Man from Strabane'.

But we were not the only performers. Gabriel and his wife, along with two of their sons, also contributed to the entertainment in some style.

I was speaking to Gabriel during the course of the night and he was complimenting me on my radio show.

"Well, it's like this, Gabriel," I said.

"You became a success in business and I had to be content with hitting it off as an aul' rocker!"

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