WESTLIFE STAR Shane Filan’s father Peter has sadly passed away less than a year after the singer lost his beloved mum, Mae.
Peter Filan died peacefully while being cared for a the Hawthorn Unit of Saint Vincent’s Private Hospital in Dublin, a notice on RIP.ie confirmed.
Peter is survived by his seven grown-up children, Finbarr, Peter, Yvonne, Liam, Denise, Máiréad and Shane.
He’ll also be sadly missed by hus brother Tom and sister Margaret Hunt (Roscommon), as well as his sons-in-law Michael, Rowan and Cathal, and daughters-in-law Geraldine, Ciara, Patricia and Gillian.
Peter will also be remembered by his his twenty-two cherished grandchildren, as well as his sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
His passing comes just 10 months on from the death of the Westlife star’s mother, Mae, who passed away last December.
Mae was one of the biggest supporters of Shane’s dreams to become a pop star and famously convinced Louis Walsh to give her son’s fledgling boyband a shot at stardom.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Walsh recalled how Mae got Shane his big break with a simple phone call.
"She knew my mother. Mae was from Kiltimagh originally and was living in Sligo,” she said.
"Anyway, she rang me and said how good her son and the group were, and for some reason I believed her.
"Every mother says their son is brilliant. I believed Mae Filan.
"And I met them and there was something about them. They were rough around the edges."