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PUBLISHED: 16:29 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 13:04 11 August 2010

FROM a Dublin council estate to the top of the charts is the rough outline of the The Nolans route to success. Dubbed the first girl band, Maureen, Coleen, Bernie and Linda Nolan have joined forces again for a reunion and have released a live DVD. Althou

FROM a Dublin council estate to the top of the charts is the rough outline of the The Nolans' route to success.

Dubbed the first girl band, Maureen, Coleen, Bernie and Linda Nolan have joined forces again for a reunion and have released a live DVD.

Although the many Nolan siblings have kept fans happy from 1974 until 2005, the most successful line-up has not performed together for around 27 years.

Maureen, Coleen, Bernie and Linda are from a large Irish family that moved from Dublin to Blackpool, then London and later to Ilford.

They started off early and their success grew as gradually as it declined after they had reached their peak in 1979 with I'm In The Mood For Dancing.

The band has gone through many line-up changes, before breaking up in 2005.

This year, however, the ladies have had a successful comeback with their four-week tour 'I'm In The Mood Again.'

Maureen spoke to the POST about her memories, the adrenalin rush of touring and family life.

She said: "We just finished our tour a week ago. It can be tiring because you stay up late as you are still high from the show.

"The gig itself was like an aerobic workout and we had a great set."

Although she felt very nervous before the first couple of gigs, the transformation into the stage personae was easy.

She said: "It felt like you never left. It's like riding a bike."

On their third night, the DVD footage was filmed. She said: "We're really pleased with it. It's great for us to see."

Maureen has been with the band until 2004. In the meantime she had been busy performing in the West End musical Blood Brothers, and in Footloose.

She remembers living in Ilford for five years after moving down from Blackpool.

"I liked living over there because it's close to Epping Forest. There's a beautiful countryside there," she said.

Now she lives in Middlesex.

Strong family ties have kept Maureen and her sisters safe from the extreme ups and downs of fame.

"It's very difficult to keep your feet on the ground.

"We were treated like royalty, and then it's like 'ok, that's finished.'"

But the sisters have always kept each other in check.

Their legacy lives on. Maureen said: "People always say we were the original girl band. We started doing choreography when we were surrounded by Punk music in the charts. Now there are some great girl bands around."

The Nolans' musical talents have been passed down to younger family members.

Shane and Jake, who were The Nolans' support act on tour, are Coleen's 17 and 21-year-old sons.

Maureen said: "They were amazing. The first time I saw them in rehearsals I cried."

Coleen has written a bestseller Upfront and Personal, while Anne has written an autobiography called Anne's Song.

Maureen, meanwhile, is looking forward to her next project - be it another tour with her sisters or a West End theatre role.

She said: "Hopefully we will do another tour next year.

"It's amazing - that feeling of adrenalin."

Maureen has a 20-year-old son, and has just become a grandmother.

The DVD is called I'm In The Mood Again Tour - The Nolans Live costs £19.99 (or £24.99 for the special edition) and was released by Universal on November 9.


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