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Chart-toppers Kodaline join suicide campaign

DUBLIN band Kodaline are joining forces with suicide prevention charity Console to help battle Ireland's high rate of youth suicide.

The boys, who come from Swords in north Dublin and have been together for seven years, hit the top spot in the Irish charts over the weekend with their debut album In A Perfect World.

They have since been tipped to reach number one in the UK – the album is in third position there.

However, the band are hoping to make some kind of contribution when it comes to tackling Ireland's high suicide rate.

Their lead singer Steve Garrigan, who describes music as "therapy", is keen to push the anti-suicide message.

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"We've all been there at some point, gone through a difficult time. Most important is that you talk about it and realise help is available," he said.

Console CEO Paul Kelly added: "It's fantastic to have the lads. They're keen to help spread our message to young people, that if young people are in crisis we're here to help," he said.

The band – who were previously known as 21 Demands – became Kodaline in 2011.

"It means nothing. We just wanted something we could take ownership of," says guitarist Mark Prendergast.

"We later found out it was the name of a character on World Of Warcraft, which was a bizarre coincidence," he adds.

They made history in 2007 when their single Give Me A Minute became the first independently released track to top the Irish singles chart.

They now have a number one album and a big-selling single in High Hopes.

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