Irish band Kodaline have been announced as the winner of the 2014 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBAs) representing Ireland at the event.

Now in their eleventh year Eurosonic will take place in Groningen in the Netherlands in January with the EBBA ceremony taking place the night before the music festival.

Speaking to RTÉ TEN, 2fm's The Alternative presenter, Dan Hegarty said: "Kodaline made a real impression at Eurosonic 2013 and have had a really, really busy year. This award signifies everything they've done this year.

"They managed to leave their gloves behind them at last year's Eurosonic – I was going to sell them on ebay, I'm sorry I didn't now!

"This is a great way to start off 2014 for the band."

Ian Wilson, 2fm Senior Producer added: "This is very well deserved. Kodaline are one of Ireland's best music exports of the last few years. I'm not surprised that they have won the award, having seen them before on a big European stage like Eurosonic."

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"'Without music, life would be a mistake,' said Friedrich Nietzsche some time ago; musical tastes might have changed a bit since his day, but music is still a universal language that touches everyone, regardless of age or background," said European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Eurosonic Noorderslag Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

He added: “The internet has made it easier than ever to access music, yet, paradoxically, it is much harder for artists to break through and achieve lasting success.
"The European Commission supports the EBBA Awards because we want to help the most promising acts to reach audiences beyond their home base and to break into new international markets.”