HE’S hit the headlines thanks to his role as an undercover garda in RTE’s Love/Hate.
But this isn’t Detective Garda Kieran O’Reilly’s first brush with fame.
The undercover garda – who also plays an undercover officer in the hit gangland series – is attached to the Garda National Drugs Unit in real life.
But he has another alter-ego – this time as a frontman of a rock band.
Kieran (34), from Co Cavan, is the lead singer in band ‘White McKenzie’.
The band formed in 2011 and released a song on YouTube called ‘4am’.
Other songs released by the six-member outfit include ‘Crawling On The Walls’ and ‘The Clock Winds On’.
The band described themselves as ‘alternative indie-rock’.
White McKenzie has a growing fanbase – they narrowly missed out in a contest which would have seen them performing in Glastonbury.
The band’s profile is sure to increase now following Det Gda O’Reilly’s star turn on ‘Love/Hate’.
On Sunday night, viewers were introduced to his character for the first time.
He plays Det Gda Ciaran Madden.
His officer’s character was first seen in a shabby hoodie and abusing an Asian man as he bought drugs.
It quickly emerged that he was involved in a drugs sting and was an undercover officer.
Det Gda O’Reilly has been a garda for 12 years and is currently based in Dublin Castle.
However, his starring role in ‘Love/Hate’ has caused some controversy.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has ordered a review into the affair which he is expected to get shortly.