THE real-life detective who had a starring role in gritty crime drama Love/Hate is set to return for the highly anticipated new season – but he will be filming during his holidays.
Kieran O'Reilly is reported to have a prominent part in season five of the hit RTE show.
Cast members last week received the first scripts for Stuart Carolan's drama, and the former drugs squad officer will reprise his role as undercover garda Ciaran Madden.
It was reported that a source close to the show said the drama's bosses were impressed by O'Reilly's acting and said he showed "a natural flair".
The 35-year-old was allegedly transferred from the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) as a direct result of his involvement in the show.
It is understood that O'Reilly will be taking annual leave on the days he is required on set.
At the end of last season, viewers saw mob boss Nidge being held in a garda cell. It will be months before we learn the fate of our favourite villains as even the actors are being kept in the dark.
The storylines for the first three episodes of Love/Hate were hand-delivered to the cast over the past few days, the Herald can confirm.
However, further scripts will be kept out of the reach of the anxious stars as producers are doing their best to ensure that the storylines remain under wraps.
"They had no idea when the scripts would arrive, but people started receiving them on Thursday and Friday," a source said.
"They have some time to go over the first three scripts and then everyone will meet in a few weeks for a read-through."
Just last week, Aoibhinn McGinnity, who plays gangster's moll Trish, said the producers "are being so secretive, more than usual".
Mary Murray, who plays brothel owner Janet, confirmed to the Herald she was "really happy" with what she has read so far.
"I am always surprised, it is just amazing," said Murray, who has been nominated for an IFTA for her role on the show.