Not quite a protagonist on the popular show not many amateur football fans admit to watching, but a former Crumlin United midfielder has made a Love Island appearance nonetheless.
Dermot Kennedy wasn’t part of Thursday’s lie detector challenge and hasn’t been ‘competing’ on the show over the Summer, but his music provided the back drop to certain scenes, being used for dramatic effect.
Those in the musical know claim he is more Bon Ivor, James Blake or James Vincent McMorrow, but this singer song writer and former footballer of note has been tipped for Ed Sheeran style success by some.
However, those in the football know will remember him as a potential Crumlin United first teamer.
In recent seasons the singer song writer has been a key part of the league winning Saturday side that have enjoyed impressive FAI Junior Cup runs. Indeed Kennedy has been a regular in the five in a row Major Saturday title winning side.
Indeed, the Rathcoole native, who played underage rugby in Clondalkin, was the type of player Martin Loughran loves to have at the base of his midfield. Strong, imposing, tactically aware, but skillful and creative on the ball. His dedication to music meant he couldn’t commit enough time to make a regular first team place justified, but he remains fondly remembered at Crumlin and was a serial winner at the club.
The midfielder that was both imposing and skillful is now starting to make a name for himself as a singer song writer.
By all accounts the Dubliner brings that presence to the stage and a skillful artistic approach to song writing and he is emerging as one Ireland’s most exciting young musical talents.
He might prefer people wax lyrical about his growing fan base, the plaudits he has received for his artistic approach as well as his clever and touching lyrics, but his Love Island appearance may be the talk of the Crumlin dressing room over the coming days.