- 03 Sep 15
The Swords lads like a late one.
Our Hot Press Interview this fortnight is with one of the most high profile young broadcasters in the country, Eoghan McDermott.
As he takes the helm at 2fm's drive time slot, the 32-year-old Dubliner opens up about self harm, his desire to be a garda and his career to date. He also recalls the partying with Kodaline that ultimately resulted in his eviction from his London house.
"We did their first very TV interview before they had any songs on the radio at Indiependence a couple of years ago on Pop4," McDermott says of his initial meeting with the 'All I Want' hit-makers. "They moved to London and Irish people just gravitate towards each other. It’s just a case of, “I’m Irish, you’re Irish – let’s hang out!’ That’s as tenuous a link as there needs to be. Yeah, we had some grand old times. I think Kodaline caused me to get evicted from my house in Queen’s Park."
How did that happen?
"I had a lovely arrangement – I lived in Queen’s Park for a while, in North West London in this house that I had no right to be in. I couldn’t afford it. A friend of a friend had got me a room in it. Kodaline played the Roundhouse in Camden one night and we ended up going out and getting rollickingly drunk. We went back to mine and were playing the piano and singing and drinking. One of the lads fell asleep on the kitchen table, face-planted. Kate, who owned the house, came down and was horrified to see all these strangers in the house and one lad passed out on the table. So she asked me to leave about three weeks later, she was furious, livid. "She had asked us to quiet down and we were all, “Yeah, yeah of course!” but then we were having such a good time that we just didn’t. I apologised the next day and bought her a huge bouquet of flowers and chocolates and the whole shebang, and it was fine. But, I think that really sowed the seed and then three weeks later… I lay that at the Kodaline door!"
For more with McDermott, who also chats about his friendships with Bressie and One Direction's Niall Horan, pick up the new issue of Hot Press.
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