Mullingar’s most famous export, Niall Horan, celebrated his 19th birthday on Thursday. Millions of fans tweeted birthday greetings for the Irish member of hit boy band One Direction.
Gracious as always, the first thing the blond pop star did on his birthday was thank his fans.
“just woke up! im 19 wohoooo! thank you all soo much for the birthday wishes and stuff! love u [sic],” Horan tweeted.
The teenager has over six and half million followers on Twitter, making him the most popular Irish person on the social networking site.
He spent the evening of his birthday hosting a charity event in his hometown of Mullingar, for Irish Autism Action and a local homeless charity called Temporary Emergency Accommodation Mullingar (TEAM).
Horan commented in a statement, "I am delighted and honored to be in the fortunate position of being able to give back to my community. The plan for my birthday, which is on the 13th of September, is to raise as much money as possible foe IAA and TEAM and at the same time ensuring that both events are successful and fun for everyone involved."
Here are 19 things you should know about the pop star.
1. Niall’s parents are separated, His Mum is called Maura Gallagher and his Dad is called Bobby Horan. He has one older brother called Greg.
2. A good Catholic school boy, he attended Coláiste Mhuire in Mullingar.
3. His nickname is Nialler.
4. He is 5”7.
5. Horan is a huge fan of British rock group Oasis, and covered ‘Champagne Supernova’ during X Factor boot camp.
6. He says that Michael Bublé is his biggest idol.
7. He is left handed.
8. His 82-year-old Granny, Margaret Nolan, flew into London especially to watch him in the final of the X Factor.
9. To straighten up his smile, One Direction manager Simon Cowell made sure the teenager had transparent white braces fixed to his teeth in December 2011.
10. He is interested in the Obama family and told Digital Spy after meeting Michelle Obama, “She's an amazing-looking lady, and I'm a massive Barack Obama fan anyway.”
11. A piece of Niall’s half eaten vegemite toast was put up on eBay earlier this year. Bogus bids reached over £100,000.
12. His natural hair color is dark brown.
13. When One Direction are on the road, he likes to catch up with friends and family over SKYPE.
14. Still single, the teenager doesn’t like when girls act dumb. He tweeted: "I hate it when girls act stupid 'cause they think it's cute. Intelligence is sexy."
15. He shares his birthday with international cricketer Shane Warne, legendary author Roald Dahl and US sprinter Michael Johnson.
16. A talented musician, he was given a guitar for Christmas one year which he described as the best present he had ever received.
17. His favorite book is ‘To Kill a MockingBird.”
18. One of the first things he bought with his One Direction wealth was a car for his Mammy.
19. He has described himself as “the luckiest person in the world.”
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