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Pop star Niall was a big hit – pity about the Kerry accent

Cheers: Niall Horan enjoying a visit to JM Reidy’s with proprietor Niamh Sheahan

HE attempted – most would suggest rather hilariously – to mimic the Kerry accent when he took to the stage before 3,000 screaming fans at the INEC on Saturday night.

And pop sensation Niall Horan gave it another go when he hit the town – as most visitors do – in the country’s premier tourist destination.

The former One Direction star, now a major solo artist, revealed on stage in the INEC that Killarney is his favourite place in the country.

And then he made a brave but rather sorry attempt at the local twang when he said: “This tour finishes up in America at the end of September but you can say you were there when it started in the most beautiful town in Ireland – Killarney in the Kingdom of Kerry”

The millionaire 24-year-old certainly had plenty of opportunity to brush up on the local dialect when he met with locals during his first day-stop off in Killarney where he launched his new world tour to promote his smash hit Flicker album.

Niall Horan performing in the INEC

He played golf, he took in the sights, he practiced on the driving range, he checked out the town and, of course, he did what pop stars do and visited some of the popular late night entertainment hotspots.

Niall created quite a stir when he walked through the doors of the landmark JM Reidy’s traditional bar and sweetshop on Main Street and he was afforded a very warm welcome by proprietor Niamh Sheahan and her crew.

The pop sensation enjoyed a few tipples while listening to a rousing trad music session and, of course, no visit to the traditional sweetshop would be complete without tucking into a quarter pound of Bon Bons.

JM Reidy’s posted a snapshot of Niall and Niamh on social media with the message: “Cheers for visiting us Niall Horan. Make sure to come back again to master your Kerry accent”

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