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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Love/Hate Kieran is cop of the pops

Kieran O'Reilly (left) and Brian F O'Byrne in the RTE drama
Kieran O'Reilly (left) and Brian F O'Byrne in the RTE drama

REAL-life garda and Love/Hate actor Kieran O'Reilly has shown he has another string to his bow, with his debut album going on sale yesterday.

O'Reilly, who played Gda Ciaran Madden in the gritty RTE drama, is the frontman of indie band Hail The Ghost and wrote and produced their first album, Forsaken.

After spending much of the past year creating the 10-track record, he said that seeing the CD for sale in the shops was "nothing short of a dream come true" .

"Music is very personal to me," he told the Herald.

"Walking into HMV and seeing it there and featuring in Hot Press magazine was a huge dream.

"I was very close to everything on this album - I was writing and producing - so it's something I'm quite precious about.

"Some of the stuff I've written has a dark subject matter and is emotional, and once you release it you kind of need to surrender that personal aspect of things."

After all the time and effort put in by the Dublin trio to create the album, O'Reilly said that seeing it finally for sale is "very rewarding".

rewarding

"I think Ireland is saturated with great musicians and great artists and a lot of people don't get to this point because of very trivial things like money or time," he said.

"It's very rewarding to even reach this point because there's a huge investment with time, money, brain space - the whole lot."

O'Reilly admitted that his acting career will have to take a back seat now that the album is out.

"I'm still very committed to acting, but at the moment the album is the priority," he said.

Meanwhile, he is also waiting to find out whether he will get to reprise his role as Gda Madden if another season of Love/Hate gets made.

"As far as I know, there is no sixth series, but having said that, it could change if the phone rings," he said.

O'Reilly, along with bandmates Eamonn Young and Ian Corr, will perform in Whelan's on April 4, their first gig since the album release.

"At the moment we're going to prioritise that one gig, just to get things started and see how things go, and then we'll possibly do a small Irish tour," he said.

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