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Westlife superfan Brianna receives a birthday present as the band perform at her Dublin home

A Westlife superfan was treated to a private birthday performance by the chart-topping band at his North Dublin home over the weekend.

Rianna O’Connell, from Donabate, was introduced by all four band members – Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Kian Egan – and presented with flowers before being lulled by a rendition of Happy Birthday.

She was belatedly turning 21 after Covid-19 forced the postponement of her original party.

After posing for photos with the singers of Flying Without Wings, she joined her family and friends under a marquee in her back garden where they were treated to an exclusive performance of some of Westlife’s greatest hits.

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The moment Brianna greets the group at her front door

The moment Brianna greets the group at her front door

Brianna, a lifelong fan of the group, received the private concert from her aunt, who won first prize in a competition during the RTÉ Does Comic Relief telethon in June 2020.

Westlife had offered to put on an exclusive show for one lucky winner to help raise money for the Community Foundation of Ireland.

Westlife, who play at the Aviva Stadium on July 8 and 9, said they couldn’t have asked for a better warm-up for their Dublin gigs.

“Happy (belated) birthday, Brianna – after such a long wait, we can’t wait to celebrate together tonight,” they said on their website.