Sunday 24 September 2017

1D take the big prize ...but not for Niall's violin playing

Niall Horan in video playing violin at home
Niall Horan in video playing violin at home
Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles attend the world premiere of "One Direction: This Is Us" at the Ziegfeld Theater on August 26, 2013 in New York City

Eimear Rabbitte

ONE Direction rarely leave an awards ceremony without at least a couple of gongs these days - and so it was with the Radio 1 Teen Awards.

The boyband, including Mullingar's Niall Horan, were named Best British Group and won Best Single for Best Song Ever at the event at Wembley Arena in London.

Tinie Tempah, Rizzle Kicks and Jessie J were among the performers at the Teen Awards with special guests including Taylor Swift and Little Mix handing out awards.

But it all came from humble beginnings as is revealed in their new album.

For their latest single release, Niall and his fellow bandmates - Harry, Zayn, Liam and Louis - are all taking a trip down memory lane with a series of cute snaps showing them as young toddlers.

For his part Niall tries to show that he really is a simple guy at heart. The 19-year-old was all smiles when he enjoyed some quality time with his older brother and an impromptu jamming session.

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The former X Factor star proved that his music ambitions didn't just begin when he entered the singing contest as a wide eyed 16-year-old in 2010.

Instead Niall says that having a go of a musical instrument and standing in front of a microphone was a regular childhood past time in the Horan household.

Niall was sharing the limelight with brother Greg for One Direction's next hit, Story of My Life.

One snap shows the cute crooner standing with a violin in the front room of his Mullingar home.

With his boyband blonde locks and v-neck sweater, Niall showed how far he has come from a country boy with stars in his eyes.

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