Westlife Stage Final Concert In Dublin
Mega-successful boyband say farewell to thousands of fans...
Westlife have played their final concert together in front of a massive crowd at Croke Park in Dublin.
The four-man boyband played to an audience of around 80,000 people at the sports stadium in the Irish capital, belting out all their hits over the course of a set that lasted more than two hours.
According to Digital Spy, Kian Egan told the crowd: "As this is the very last Westlife concert, the whole idea was to be able to get out here and see our fans one last time and celebrate 14 years."
And Mark Feehily added: "For 14 years, Westlife fans have made our dreams come true. This show is dedicated to each and every one of you. Our fans mean so much. You have never stopped supporting us.
"Thanks so much. You're not just our fans, you are our friends and have been with us each step of the way."
The band announced their decision to split up last year, after 14 years together. As well as the huge crowd in Dublin, many more fans were watching the farewell show live in cinemas around the world.
The Sun newspaper quoted Shane Filan as saying: "Last night was loud but this is unbelievable. Tonight is the loudest, best crowd we have ever had.
"We will always be member[s] of Westlife but we won't be a band anymore. Thank you. I'll never forget this. These are times that will live in our lives forever."
And Nicky Byrne went on: "To all of you, you didn't just make the dreams of four lads come true. Much more - only for all of you none of this is possible."
The foursome were introduced by their former manager Louis Walsh, who said: "I have never known a band like this in all my time in the business.
"I didn't want them to break up yet - but they all wanted to go out on a high. And I'll definitely be managing Shane in his solo career."