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Dave loved up with raven beauty Karen after Morgan split

You could never accuse David Murphy (33) of letting the grass grow under his feet when it comes to his colourful love life.

The 6ft 4in hunk, who is on first-name terms with every top beauty in town, has certainly moved on from his past romance with Jedward backing dancer Morgan Deane (25).

The Diary can reveal how he is now smitten with another raven-haired beauty who he has been ardently pursuing for several weeks, namely The Pink's marketing manager Karen Houlihan (25).



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The pair have been out on several dates over the past few weeks and, even though Dave is now in Cape Town on a business trip, they have still managed to keep in touch with each other.

Businessman Dave first set tongues wagging after being spotted hanging out in Robbie Fox's new club for several weekends in a row, where he was caught chatting intimately with the venue's gorgeous hostess.

And a source close to the couple has confirmed that they have been seeing each other for a short while now and "things are going very well".

"It's still very early days and they're just happy to go with the flow and see what happens. They've gone out a few times and really hit it off. Although Dave's in South Africa at the moment, there's been lots of flirty texts back and forth to keep things going and they're looking forward to catching up properly when he gets back," she said.

"Dave certainly seems very smitten with Karen and seems to have definitely moved on from his last relationship."

A PR graduate from the Fitzwilliam Institute, Karen was installed as the marketing manager of Robbie's new venue last November and has been helping to transform it into the new VIP haunt on the Dublin club circuit.

She is said to have no shortage of offers when it comes to male suitors and is said to be "playing it by ear" when it comes to Dave.

He previously dated singer Morgan for nearly two years and the pair even moved in together before taking the decision to call time on their romance.

The photogenic crooner, who's heading to Germany alongside Jedward next May to perform Lipstick at the Eurovision Song Contest, has also moved on, given that she has been linked with South African-born sports star Graeme Smith.

-- MF