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Bernie Nolan

Tonight's guest on Ryan Confidential is Bernie Nolan - former lead singer of the Nolans.

The Nolans are probably best known for their 1980 mega-hit "I'm in the Mood for Dancing". The song continues to get regular airtime, and was recently judged to be the one most often played at U.K. wedding receptions.

In their early days, the Nolans seemed like the ultimate Irish family group - half-a-dozen fresh-faced colleens exuding sweetness and innocence. But they could also be seen as the first real Girl Band - anticipating the Spice Girls by more than a decade. From their first TV appearance 33 years ago, the Nolans went on to sell millions of records and have hit singles around the world. When their success ebbed in the 1990s, Bernie left the band - initially to pursue a solo singing career, and, then, to re-invent herself as a straight actress. She won leading roles and critical acclaim in both "Brookside" and "The Bill". In this interview with Gerry Ryan, she talks candidly about some of the highs of her career - as well as some of the personal lows, which include the death of her first child from Edwards' Syndrome.