The natural inheritors to Take Thats boy band throne in the mid-90s, this quintet of unaffected young Irish men was tailored for mainstream success by Polydor Records and their manager, promoter Louis Walsh. After auditions Keith Duffy (1 October 1974, Dublin, Eire) was recruited from his job as a mechanic, Shane Lynch (b. 3 July 1976, Dublin, Eire) from an architecture course, Ronan Keating (b. 3 March 1977, Dublin, Eire) and Stephen Gately (b. 17 March 1976, Dublin, Eire) were enlisted directly from school. Mark Walton (b. 12 September 1975, Eire) and Richard Rock completed the original line-up of the band. They were rapidly rehearsed and groomed while Walsh set about securing a short-term contract with PolyGram Ireland but, after a disastrous appearance on The Late Late Show, Walton and Rock were ejected from the band and Mikey Graham (b. 15 August 1972, Dublin, Eire) brought in as a replacement.