Westlife singer Mark Feehily has said he "really can't wait" to become a father, adding that the timing is perfect for him and his fiancé Cailean O'Neil.

Feehily emotionally told the audience at Westlife's second Croke Park concert on Saturday night that he and O'Neil are expecting a baby girl.

"It just feels like the right time to start a family now," Feehily told the Mirror Online.

"It is something that I've always wanted to do but it has always been about timing. Cailean and I are really happy and now that I'm in my late 30s and settled at home in Sligo, it is the right moment."

Feehily noted that his daughter will be the tenth "Westlife baby" as his bandmates Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan and Kian Egan all have three each.

"The Westlife lads have all got nine kids between them, ours will be the tenth Westlife baby," he said. "What's been great about this recent tour is that all of the families have been involved, kids and all, running around backstage.

"It is different from the older days but it is just brilliant. Having everyone around us brings a fantastic energy. We've had to set up a special family room for everyone at every stadium and arena we've played at, it's been great. The Westlife kids have loved it I think."

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Feehily added that they "absolutely can't wait for our baby to come along" and said "we're making plans for the nursery and everything and when I'm not in the studio or performing we're looking at baby clothes and things for the baby. It's an exciting time. We really can't wait."

"I'll be taking a bit of time off when the baby finally does arrive but there's a lot more to come from Westlife," he said.

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