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Ronan Keating pays tribute to his adorable granddaughter one year after his Love Island star son Jack welcomed a baby girl with his artist ex

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Ronan Keating has shared some adorable family snaps while wishing his granddaughter Maya Ann a happy first birthday.

The singer, 46, became a grandfather for the first time last year when his son Jack, 24, welcomed a baby daughter.

Sharing the first snap of his newborn baby daughter in March last year, just eight months after he appeared on Love Island, Jack wrote: ‘Welcome to the world my little Princess.’

Former Boyzone star Ronan took to Instagram on Monday to share a snap of Jack holding Maya Ann in his arms while out with Ronan and his wife Storm, 42. 

Ronan captioned his post: ‘Happy birthday to our little nugget. One year passed so quickly. You are a bright ray of sunshine and you bring so much joy to us all. From Nana and pops.’

Ronan Keating has shared some adorable family snaps while wishing his granddaughter Maya Ann a happy first birthday

The singer, 46, became a grandfather for the first time last year when his son Jack, 24, welcomed a baby daughter

The singer, 46, became a grandfather for the first time last year when his son Jack, 24, welcomed a baby daughter

He shared another picture of himself with his loved ones, with Maya Ann seen laying in her bed at the hospital shortly after she was born. 

Ronan wrote: ‘One year today. Crazy how time has passed so quickly. 2023 saw the heaviest of losses but along came our little angel. Sending all our love today Jacko and Maya. From Nana and Papa x.’

While Ronan was overjoyed to have become a grandfather last hear, he faced heartache following the death of his brother Ciaran.

Ciaran Keating tragically died in a horror car crash in July last year as he travelled with his wife Ann Marie to watch their son Ruairí play football in Ballymiles. He was aged 57. 

Ronan broke his silence after becoming a grandad for the first time during an appearance on The One Show in March last year.

He made reference to his family’s new addition while insisting he wanted to be called ‘pops’.

When his co-host Jermaine Jenas said: ‘You’re a grandad now,’ Ronan replied: ‘Yes I am. My son had a gorgeous baby.’

Jermaine then said: ‘You prefer to be called something else?’ with Ronan responding: ‘Pops.’

Former Boyzone star Ronan took to Instagram on Monday to share a snap of Jack holding Maya Ann in his arms while out with Ronan and his wife Storm, 42, with another from a year earlier (pictured)

Former Boyzone star Ronan took to Instagram on Monday to share a snap of Jack holding Maya Ann in his arms while out with Ronan and his wife Storm, 42, with another from a year earlier (pictured)

He shared another picture of himself with his loved ones, with Maya Ann seen laying in her bed at the hospital shortly after she was born

He shared another picture of himself with his loved ones, with Maya Ann seen laying in her bed at the hospital shortly after she was born

Jack announced in an Instagram post that he had welcomed a baby girl – confusing fans because he hadn’t mentioned a child before.

Also because he had appeared on ITV2 dating show Love Island eight months before the birth of his daughter – meaning his baby daughter was likely conceived prior to his appearing on the show.

Jack had not been public about a romantic relationship after Love Island but the mother was revealed to have been artist Keely Iqbal.

Keely works as an artist designing custom trainer designs and greeting cards and kept her fans in the loop during her pregnancy by sharing various bump snaps.

She describes herself as ‘Mummy. Artist. Sneakerhead’ on her business Instagram profile.

Keely and Jack are not believed to be together, with Jack previously insisting that he was ‘still single and ready to mingle’.

Yet Ronan and Jack’s mother Yvonne, 50 – who divorced in 2015 after 17 years of marriage – didn’t address any speculation as they instead shared sweet messages of support.

Sharing the first snap of his newborn baby daughter in March last year, just eight months after he appeared on Love Island, Jack wrote: 'Welcome to the world my little Princess'

Sharing the first snap of his newborn baby daughter in March last year, just eight months after he appeared on Love Island, Jack wrote: ‘Welcome to the world my little Princess’ 

Jack had not been public about a romantic relationship after Love Island but the mother was revealed to have been artist Keely Iqbal (pictured)

Jack had not been public about a romantic relationship after Love Island but the mother was revealed to have been artist Keely Iqbal (pictured) 

Having entered Love Island's famous Casa Amor in July 2022, viewers of the show previously gathered that Jack had conceived his daughter before finding fame in the villa

Having entered Love Island’s famous Casa Amor in July 2022, viewers of the show previously gathered that Jack had conceived his daughter before finding fame in the villa

Ronan and his ex-wife Yvonne Connolly were quick to publicly congratulate son Jack on the birth of his daughter last year (pictured in 2009)

Ronan and his ex-wife Yvonne Connolly were quick to publicly congratulate son Jack on the birth of his daughter last year (pictured in 2009)

It is the first grandchild for father-of-five Ronan who called his granddaughter a ‘little cutie’.

The Irish singer shares eldest child Jack with his ex-wife, Yvonne Connolly, who is also a mother to Missy, 22, and Ali, 18, from the couple’s marriage.

Yvonne wrote on Jack’s post: ‘I miss her so much already.’

Jack looked every inch the doting dad in the snaps as he looked down adoringly at the little one who he cradled in his arms.

Ronan tragically lost his brother in a horror car crash in July last year; he died aged 50 (Ciaran pictured left with their father Gerry and sister Linda)

Ronan tragically lost his brother in a horror car crash in July last year; he died aged 50 (Ciaran pictured left with their father Gerry and sister Linda)

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