The Long Goodbye: Boyzone talk 25 years in pop

James Hanley

There is really only one place to start the Boyzone story: Ireland’s Late Late show in 1993, when Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and the late Stephen Gately made their TV debuts in unforgettable, excruciating fashion.

“They are going to be Ireland’s answer to Take That,” declared presenter Gay Byrne, his voice dripping with enough sarcasm to fill a swimming pool. “I was told you don’t play any instruments at all. I was also told that you don’t sing ...

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