It has been claimed that One Direction has made almost £100 million (€125m) as a group in the past two years.

The claim is made in the latest edition of Tom Bower’s biography of music mogul Simon Cowell, reports The Mirror.

Bower says "One Direction were Cowell's new Westlife – a revival of his mastery of the music business." He added "Nothing had been left to chance by Sony Music, with the band's hit album Up All Night selling over five million copies. The songs, publishing, discs, DVDs, merchandising and endorsements brought in huge profits, with the five members of the group together estimated to have earned nearly £100 million. Naturally, Sony and Syco raked in much more."

The group, which includes Mulligar native Niall Horan, has enjoyed huge success since coming third in the X Factor in 2010. Next year they go on a major world tour and their second album is due to be released in November. A 3D movie featuring the group will be released next year.