Mystery surrounds the future of The Script’s guitarist, who hasn’t played with the band in months on their current world tour.
Ark Sheehan is one of the main trios behind the Dublin act, who had huge hits with The Man Who Can’t Be Moved and For The First Time.
“The band are not available for comment but on the band’s social media they mention that they are currently spending time with their family,” a spokesperson for The Script told Sunday World.
The band are currently touring America and are due to play several Irish shows in the coming weeks, including SSE Belfast on May 14 and 15, Dublin’s 3 Arena and an outdoor gig at Musgrave Park in Cork on May 19. June.
The combo is fronted by Danny O’Donoghue, while the other main member is drummer Glen Power.
Mark (45), who grew up in Liberties, south Dublin, is a father of teenagers and lives in America with his wife, whom he married when he was 25.
“Reena is from Texas – we met on the road,” he once said.
“I was producing and working at different studios and she was a session singer and backing vocalist. And we just clicked like you usually do.”
The couple had their first child, a boy, 17 years ago.
Mark and Danny got their start in pop group My Town, fronted by U2 guru Paul McGuinness.
After the group disappeared, the two guys traveled to Los Angeles on the advice of McGuinness to learn production, recording. They were joined by fellow Dubliner Glenn Power on drums and The Script was born in 2007, releasing their self-titled debut album a year later.
Their leader Danny O’Donoghue has become a big star in the UK thanks to his role as a judge on The Voice.
Drummer Glen, who has a girlfriend, recently told the Sunday World he was looking forward to Irish gigs. He had a close bond with his late father, Gary, who had been a well-known entertainer on the Dublin circuit.
“It’s going to be a big buzz. It’s a good time to do this (the greatest hits show) now after everything everyone’s been through,” he said.
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