The 'Irish Zac Efron' (bold claim) has joined the cast of Love Island USA and is ready to set pulses racing on the reality show.

26-year-old Cormac Murphy is a nightclub promoter and model from Ennis in Co. Clare who has worked and lived in New York since 2016.

He's set to spice things up as a self-confessed ladies man, saying in his VT; “If I went to college I’d have a degree in women.” We're fairly sure he didn't graduate…


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He's willing to shake things up in the idyllic Fiji location, explaining;  “I don’t think they know what’s coming, I’m going to turn some heads.”

Of course, he insists he's hoping to find The One on the show (who doesn't) rather than fame and fortune; “I’m here on Love Island and I’m ready for love.” Mmmhmmm.

Dubbed the 'Irish Zac Efron', most likely by himself, he's been making a living in the Big Apple as a male model.


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He's also working with The Greene Room, a promotion and events agency founded by Sligo native Patrick Greene.

Patrick posted his reaction to Cormac's Love Island casting on social media, joking; “They’re going to need some love therapy after they see Cormac walk down the beach into Love Island.

The model previously lived in Australia for two years, but has chosen New York as his home for his career. Murphy entered the villa with another newbie, bringing the total number of contestants to 13.


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We wonder if the professional partier will make as big an impression as his Irish counterpart, Maura Higgins? Not possible. Queen Maura has captured the hearts of the UK and Irish nation.

Cormac has definitely got his eyes set on the €88,000 prize money, which is far more than the UK winners' amount. The format is generally the same as the UK counterpart, only much less risqué. 

Love Island USA is broadcast on CBS to millions of viewers, and the show will run until August 7. Irish viewers can catch it on Virgin Media Two and ITVBe in the UK.

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