'I could have been a lad's lad and led her on but I didn't' - First Dates' Daryel responds to backlash
A dater on the first episode of First Dates Ireland has responded to the backlash he received on social media following his appearance on the RTE programme.
Former Kildare footballer Daryel O'Brien was matched with Amy Molloy from Wexford but despite sparks appearing to fly during dinner, Daryel told Amy he would like to meet her again, but only as a friend.
Many viewers were surprised and took to social media to express their views, with most expressing their disappointment for Amy and some criticising Daryel.
"It's water off a duck's back to me but my mother was very upset at some of the comments," the 29-year old told the Leinster Leader.
"I don't know how you can break a girl's heart after an hour and a half. All I did was be honest and tell the girl I didn't want to marry her. I wasn't rude, I was polite. I could have been a lad's lad and led her on but I didn't."
One of the main issues for viewers was the fact that on the programme Daryel asked the taxi to drop him of at Dublin nightspot Copperface Jacks after the date.
Amy got burned by Daryl. She's lovely and deserves a lovely ridey man. Give it another go Amy! #FirstDatesIreland— Gordon Spierin (@gordonspierin) April 21, 2016
However, Daryel said this never actually happened. He revealed that the taxi turned around in the car park and he did a further two hours filming before heading out for a couple of drinks with a friend.
Of the moment he broke the news to Amy that he didn't fancy a second date, he said he was just being honest.
"They bring you into separate rooms after the date and ask you what you think and then they bring you back in together," he said.
#FirstDates Ireland was brilliant. Better than C4 version. The toothless, shallow Kildare bloke is an idiot. Amy can do a lot better.— Helen Carrick (@CarrickHelen) April 21, 2016
"I already said in the other room that I liked her but I didn't want to get into a relationship with her, so I wasn't going to go in and lie to her face and say the opposite."
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Although his mum was upset by some of the comments, Daryel insists he does not care what strangers think about him.
"All I care about is what my friends, clubmates, and my family think. I don't care about what people who don't know me think."
First Dates airs on Thursdays at 9.30pm on RTE2
He didn't hold back either and she looked like she was about to burst into tears poor Amy #FirstDates— Miss Carson (@Amy_Carso) April 21, 2016