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31st Jul 2023

Ronan Keating shares emotional tribute to his late brother following tragic death

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ronan Keating has broken his silence following the tragic death of his brother Ciaran as he returned to the stage over the weekend.

The Boyzone star’s brother sadly passed away following a two-vehicle collision on the N5 at Ballymiles.

Ciaran was travelling to his son Ruairi’s football match earlier this month when the incident took place.

His wife Annemarie, the driver and the passenger of the other car were all treated for injuries in hospital but unfortunately, Ciaran was pronounced dead at the scene.

Now, Ronan has broken his silence about his brother’s passing as he performed at Uptown Festival at Blackheath Common in London on Sunday.

Speaking on stage, the Boyzone star told fans: “I didn’t know if I was going to be here tonight or not.

“It’s been quite a time for our family, so thank you so much for giving me this moment. We’ll get through this together.”

The comments come after Ronan performed an emotional tribute to his brother at his funeral earlier this month.

Ciaran was laid to rest at St Patrick’s Church in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo on July 20.

During the mass, Ronan performed his song This Is Your Song which was written after they lost their mother Marie in 1998.

The Boyzone star said: “I shouldn’t be singing it in these circumstances, but we are and we will.”

He also noted that his brother’s children made their dad “very proud”.