101 Niall horan facts
1. Niall Horan was born on 13th September 1993.
2. Just like his One Direction bandmate Liam, Niall is a Virgo. According to the star sign he is analytical, observant, helpful, reliable and precise.
3. Niall's mum is called Maura Gallagher and his dad's name is Bobby Horan.
4. Niall has an older brother called Greg. He's 24-years-old.
5. Unfortunately Niall's mum and dad split up when he was just five years old. He and Greg divided their time between the two homes but eventually they stayed with their dad Bobby in Mullingar, County Westmeath in Ireland.
6. Niall's mum Muara remarried and lives in the nearby Edgeworthstown with her husband of seven years Chris.
7. Niall attended the Catholic secondary school Coláiste Mhuire in Mullingar.
8. Before secondary school, Niall attended St Kenny National School.
9. Niall's ideal woman is Cheryl Cole and his man crush is Michael Bublé.
10. Niall's nickname is Nialler. Makes sense!
11. On One Direction's debut album 'Up All Night', Niall has about 1minute and 25 seconds of solos - the least out of all five members.
12. Niall sang Ne-Yo's 'So Sick' in the X Factor first round and received glowing praise from Louis Walsh.
13. A big Oasis fan, Niall covered 'Champagne Supernova' at X Factor bootcamp.
14. Niall's favourite colour is green. He also likes blue.
15. Niall says he's only read one book in its entirety - the American classic 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.
16. Niall has a very bizarre good luck mascot - a pair of white socks. Erm, ok then!
17. Niall supports English football club Derby County. After attending his first game aged four, throughout his childhood Niall regularly flew from Ireland to the UK to attend games.
18. In 2006 Niall was the Derby County mascot at an away game against Luton Town. You can see the photo right here
19. Niall is an accomplished guitar player and was a fervent follower of indie music growing up.
20. Just like Liam, Niall's middle name is James.
21. In December 2011 Niall had transparent white braces fixed to his teeth.
22. Niall's favourite song of all time is 'Viva La Vida' by Coldplay.
23. Niall is the second youngest member of 1D - behind Harry.
24. In early 2010, months before his appearance on the X Factor, Niall supported Lloyd Daniels at the Academy 2 in Dublin. There are clips of his performance of Justin Bieber's 'Baby' at the gig on YouTube.
25. Niall is approximately 5 feet and 7 inches tall.
26. Niall says the best Christmas present he has ever received is his guitar.
27. One of Niall's biggest idols is Michael Bublé. He describes the Canadian crooner as an "absolute hero."
28. Alongside Coldplay, Niall is a big fan of rock bands The Eagles, Bon Jovi and The Script.
29. Niall's first pets were two goldfish called Tom and Jerry. Unfortunately they died when Niall's older brother Greg accidentally overfed them!
30. When One Direction reached number one in the US with 'Up All Night', Katy Perry personally took to Twitter to congratulate Niall. A guest judge on The X Factor in 2010, she was initially hesitant to put Niall through to the next round and told him at the time "Don't let us down." Referencing this, she tweeted: "@NiallOfficial congratulations, you didn't let me down! xo,"
31. Niall's Twitter address is @NiallOfficial. At the time of writing (August 2012) he has 5,360,356 followers - wow!
32. Justin Bieber follows Niall on Twitter and the good friends regularly chat on the social networking site. We spot a bromance!!
33. Niall suffers from claustrophobia - a fear of small and confined spaces. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror about the condition recently, Niall's dad Bobby said: "There are hordes of young girls around him, and not much room to breathe anywhere. He says it can be frightening. Coming out of airports and girls crowding around their cars, he's started to get really claustrophobic."
34. Niall's dad describes him as "a real gent, a lovely, well-mannered, well brought-up lad."
35. As well as claustrophobia, Niall has a fear of pigeons. He explains: "I get really nervous if pigeons are flying around before shows. I can't stand them after one once flew in through my bathroom window and went for me while I was having a wee. That was enough. I think pigeons target me." Poor Niall!
36. In 2012, Niall presented a #1DHQ show for The Hits Radio. His playlist was: Katy Perry 'Last Friday Night', Maroon 5 'Moves Like Jagger', One Direction 'One Thing', JLS 'Do You Feel What I Feel?', Kelly Rowland 'Commander', Ne-Yo 'So Sick' and One Direction 'What Makes You Beautiful'.