Westlife star and TV personality Nicky Byrne, is the latest celebrity parent to team up with the Mushroom Bureau to front their ‘Just Add Mushrooms’ campaign, aimed at encouraging consumers in the UK and Ireland to cook more with fresh mushrooms.
The popular singer and father of two boys and one girl will be the third celebrity to don the ‘Just Add Mushrooms’ chef’s hat in print and digital ads, following the campaign launch with Nadia Sawalha last October and more recent collaboration with property guru Sarah Beeny. The ads will be appearing across the UK and Ireland from today and are part of a three year promotional campaign.
As a young Dubliner named Nicky Byrne set off to sign for Premier League giants Leeds United back in 1995, it seemed as if his dream of becoming a professional footballer was about to become a reality.
Byrne was a highly rated young goalkeeper and caught the eye playing for Home Farm before he was picked up by Leeds, where Republic of Ireland greats Ian Harte and Gary Kelly were first team stars at the time.
A farewell party at the Byrne household was staged to send off their young hero as he set out on his road to sporting stardom, yet destiny intervened to ensure it was celebrity of a different variety that would eventually transform Nicky into a global star.
While football was and always will be Byrne’s first love, his success in landing a role in Westlife a year after his sporting career was extinguished at Leeds took his life in a whole different direction and yet there are still regrets about what might have been.