Posted on Sep 5th, 2014 by Villy » Filed In: shane

By Kathy Armstrong

The 35-year-old singer is putting the nightmare behind him with a new book and an Asia tour

Former Westlife singer Shane Filan is heading back into the black after emerging from bankruptcy.

The 35-year-old suffered losses thought to top €22million when the economic slump wiped out his property investments.

He took the drastic step of declaring himself bankrupt in 2012, but yesterday told The Irish Mirror: “I’m good, I’m doing a lot better than I was.

“The past few years were very difficult but I’m at a stage now where I’m focused and I’m happy.”

But the scars still remain for Sligo man Filan, who writes about the financial nightmare in his autobiography, My Side Of Life, due out next month.

He said: “It’s a very honest book, very true. It brings back a lot of hard memories for me and to a time where I was very scared and anxious, I had three small children to support.

“I hope it helps. People have done very drastic things when going through financial problems and I hope it can prevent some of that.”

Next up for Filan is a three-week tour of South-East Asia, where he has a huge fan base.

He added: “The last time when I got to airports there, there were crowds of 100 or 200 fans. It brings you back to the Westlife crazy days.”

But now the man band are no longer on the go, Filan revealed he rarely bumps into his old pals. He added: “It is kind of like you go to school with someone for a very long time and then you go to different colleges.

“If we see each other it’s great but we don’t keep in touch regularly and we don’t call each other.

“People finish bands and drift apart. We definitely have drifted apart.”

Shane also said that he could not see himself following Kian Egan’s steps into the I’m A Celebrity jungle.

He explained: “The worst for me would probably be rats and sleeping in the woods. I talked to Kian about it and he was saying how hungry you are.”

Shane has started writing his new album last week and said fans can expect more of the ballads that Westlife were known for.

He added while it has been an adjustment to go from playing huge arenas such as Croke Park, he is enjoying the intimacy and fun of smaller venues.

When on tour he longs for his wife Gillian and children Nicole, nine, Patrick, six, and four-year-old Shane who are based in England.

He gushes: “You miss them so much after a week you actually ache for them.”

Shane plays the Olympia in Dublin on December 2, the last night of his You And Me tour.


Posted on Sep 4th, 2014 by Villy » Filed In: nicky

By Demelza De-Burca

2FM star is up for Best Newcomer and his popular programme with Jenny Greene is up for Best Music Programme

Ex Westlife singer Nicky Byrne is flying without wings after landing two nominations in the prestigious PPI Radio Awards.

The 2FM star may only be a few months in the job but he’s up for Best Newcomer and his popular programme with Jenny Greene – The Nicky Byrne Show – is up for Best Music Programme.

“I’m beyond chuffed with the two nominations for the show. Jenny, along with Producer Al, Lindy and Kate have become my on air family,” he told the Irish Mirror yesterday.

“It’s a very, very exciting time in 2fm and I’m really looking forward to the PPI Awards in October, it’s a black tie affair so I can’t wait to stick an old Westlife suit, wait…can you wear white?”

The national broadcaster lead the charge with a total of 32 nominations across the various categories.

Today FM new boys on the block Dermot (Whelan) and Dave (Moore) are nominated for their previous alma mater show on 98FM.

And Louise Duffy is up for Best Radio DJ despite her Today FM show being axed.

Louise, 30, who is engaged to ex GAA star Paul Galvin, 34, lost The Louise Duffy show last week, and was replaced by Dermot and Dave.

The Co Mayo beauty had been anchoring her own 12-12.30pm show since last April and has been going down a storm with listeners.

She is set to take over a prime time slot on the station this month.

Louise is one of three women including Shona Murray, who’s up for Best News Reporter and Sandy Harsch who’s up for Specialist Music Broadcaster of the year to be nominated.

Model and SPIN presenter Daniella Moyles has slammed the radio awards for the lack of females in the line up.

“Ugh this may appear to come from somewhere other than genuine curiosity, but 3 female nominees out of 40? Pretty (heartbreaking) for women in radio,” she wrote on Twitter.

But a spokeswoman for the awards said that the list was judged by 81 industry professionals.

“We don’t choose the nominees. The stations all put in people into the categories. That’s a very long list and then each category is judged by 81 people.

“They make the long list into a short list,” she said.

The awards received the highest number ever of entries in their 14 year history with 635 in total, with every station in Ireland and most in Northern Ireland submitting shows for consideration across all areas of radio including music, news, sport, speech, entertainment and comedy.

The Gala Awards takes place at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Friday October 3, and will include all the big stars of radio.


Posted on May 18th, 2014 by Villy » Filed In: kian

New official music video from Kian for “I’ll Be” from his album “Home“. :)


Kian is proud to reveal his brand new video for the new single I’ll Be.

I’ll Be is the second single taken from Kian’s debut album Home

Pick up your copy of Home from the following stores!

iTunes - Click Here

Amazon – Click Here

Listen On Spotify (includes exclusive track by track commentary) -Click Here


Kian Egan HQ

Credit/Source: Kian Egan Mailing List

Posted on May 18th, 2014 by Villy » Filed In: shane

If you haven’t got your tickets for Shane’s winter leg of the You And Me Tour 2014 make sure you visit his official website for the dates as well as dates on his Summer appearances. :)

Shane will also be announcing the dates for his Asian promo tour on Friday (23 May 2014).

Plus, he will be touring in Asia in September:

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Posted on Mar 8th, 2014 by Villy » Filed In: kian



Fresh from being crowned King of the jungle on 2013’s biggest TV show, I’m A Celebrity… Kian is back with his first ever solo album!

Home is a labour of love and you can hear the first single, also called ‘Home’, right here.

Pre-order the album Home here.

Want to know what Kian’s listening to right now? Follow Kian on Spotify and check out his latest playlist here.

For more updates, check out Kian’s official website.

Kian Egan HQ

Credit/Source: Kian Egan Mailing List / /

Posted on Mar 8th, 2014 by Villy » Filed In: nicky

The Nicky Byrne Show airs weekdays on RTÉ 2fm from 11am -12pm. To get in touch send your texts to 51552, call the show on 1850 715 922, or mail

Keep checking Nicky’s official website for the podcasts from The Nicky Byrne Show.



Posted on Dec 29th, 2013 by Villy » Filed In: shane

Have you all seen Shane’s beautiful music video for his third single from “You And Me”, “Knee Deep In My Heart”? Such a happy vibe and Shane’s own family and friends playing in the video, love it! :)


Posted on Dec 11th, 2013 by Villy » Filed In: shane

Shane will join X Factor 2013 contestant Nicholas McDonald on the final of the show at Wembley Arena on Saturday night! :)


Posted on Dec 11th, 2013 by Villy » Filed In: kian

MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to Kian on being voted King Of The Jungle in “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!” 2013. SO proud of King Kian. :D

Make sure you will check out Kian’s beautiful official website –


Posted on Dec 11th, 2013 by Villy » Filed In: mark

SISTERSITE: for more Mark updates you can visit Mark-Feehily.Net.

Earlier in December Mark was in the studio with Music Producer/Songwriter Pete Boxsta Martin who had some very very exciting words to say about Mark’s music direction on his Twitter & Facebook pages! :)

Pete Boxsta Martin: In studio with @MarkusFeehily from Westlife fame – incredible singer, I think his fan base is going to be ultra shocked and pleasantly surprised by his new direction. Excited for people to hear this.


Posted on Dec 11th, 2013 by Villy » Filed In: nicky

Nicky is excited to announce that he will be taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 Tour, in arenas across the UK.

“A Strictly Experience is like no other and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the show. After originally deciding to retire from Competitive Ballroom Dancing and hangup my Cuban heels when I was Voted out in the Quarter Finals, I’ve now decided to dust them off and give it one more shot to try and change Craig’s Mind about my dancing and all in front of live Arena audiences around the country!I’m excited and ready for the challenge – I think! It’s time to hit The Dance Floors once again..”

Don’t forget Nicky will also be presenting a VT Piece on Channel 5′s Great Christmas Toy Giveaway in the UK, on December 10th!


Posted on Nov 27th, 2013 by Villy » Filed In: shane

Published on on 22 November 2013

This morning Shane announced that the third single to be taken from his debut album ‘You and Me‘ will be ‘Knee Deep In My Heart’.

Here’s the official artwork.. stay tuned for the video Filaners!

Shane Filan - Knee Deep In My Heart