The father of One Direction’s Niall Horan says going to Croke Park this weekend to see his son play the biggest stadium in the UK and Ireland is “what dreams are made of.”
Bobby says Niall is looking forward to performing at Croke Park at three sold-out shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Over a quarter of a million people will attend the trio of One Direction concerts at ‘Headquarters,’ and Bobby says it will be hugely moving seeing his son on stage there.
By RONAN CASEY
“It’s a big event in our lives. It’ll be emotional, absolutely,” he told Topic. “It’s the pinnacle of his career so far. He’s really looking forward to be playing in what is practically his home venue. Never did he think back in 2010 would it come to this. This is what dreams are really made of. We always thought the O2 or Madison Square Gardens would be the big thing, but this supersedes the whole lot of them.”
Bobby is going to two of the three gigs, Friday and Sunday, as he has the small matter of the most important match in Derby County’s season to attend in the UK on Saturday as the Rams take on Queens Park Rangers at Wembley on Sunday for a place in next season’s Premiership.
Both Bobby and Niall are Derby fans to the core, and Bobby joked that Niall would love to be at the big match, but as well as the small matter of three nights at Croke Park, One Direction are playing a special afternoon gig in Scotland on Sunday, so he has to look after his voice. “Bringing him to the match mightn’t be the best idea,” laughed Bobby at the thoughts of the pair of them shouting from the stands.
Niall will get to see some football on Monday as he is organising a Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge, a star-studded charity football match which is raising funds for Mullingar-based charity Irish Autism Action and UK charities Foxes Foundation and Hearts and Minds.
Among those playing are fellow band mates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, and stars such as Olly Murs, James Corden, John Bishop, Freddie Flintoff, Jack Whitehall, Ronan Keating, Robbie Fowler, Jason McAteer, Mark Wright, Matt Le Tissier, Terry Phelan, Gareth Gates, Keith Duffy, Piers Morgan, Robbie Savage, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Bullard, Martin Kemp, John Aldridge and many more.
Bobby will be going to the charity match, which is taking place at Leicester City’s home ground, King Power Stadium. After that it’s onto a few more UK arenas where the proud dad will see his son perform to several million adoring fans.
He predicts a song that Niall co-wrote with McFly, ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’, will be the highlight of the tour, but will have particular resonance when sang in Ireland.
“It’ll certainly be a very very big anthem at Croke Park. The words of it would break your heart and it should be a big deal on the night. It’s about the band on tour, and it’s very emotional: Mullingar is written all over it.”
It’s not known if Niall will vote in the local elections and by-elections when he’s home, as before he was famous, Niall took to the campaign trail himself handing out leaflets for Willie Penrose.