Dunnes Stores go GAA-GA for Paul Galvin

Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin is as well known for his daring and trendy style as his football skills — and, to prove his fashion prowess, he is about to launch a menswear clothing range for Dunnes Stores.

Dunnes Stores go GAA-GA for Paul Galvin

They won’t all be in the Kerry colours either, although the 35-year-old footballer donned those last Sunday while sitting on the bench for the Kingdom’s inter-county league clash with Tyrone which ended in a 1-14 to 0-17 draw.

Galvin made headlines last month when he made a return to the Kerry panel, after announcing his retirement from the squad in 2014.

He is engaged to Today FM DJ Louise Duffy, 31, and the couple, who met three years ago and got engaged last year in New York, plan to marry in the autumn.

Galvin, from Lixnaw, has a coat of many colours. He is a music fan and has done a stint as a guest DJ on Radio Kerry. He has also starred in his own TV documentaries and penned his autobiography, In My Own Words, last year.

Galvin will follow in the trail of golfer Padraig Harrington, 43, who recently launched a range of golf clothing with the supermarket chain which is sold at Dunnes’ 155 stores in Ireland, the North, England, Scotland and Spain.

And Harrington’s wife, Caroline, has also had an input on the women’s range. Harrington recently announced on his social media pages: “It’s been great fun working on the Dunnes Stores Ladies Golf collection with my wife, Caroline.”

While Harrington’s line is confined to golfing fashion, Galvin will design a range of general men’s clothes based on his own quirky, personal style. He has held a series of meetings with fashion buyers at Dunnes and it is understood that a range of Galvin menswear could be in shops by the end of the year.

Galvin will also be joining the veteran designer Paul Costelloe, 69, who has created a range of fashion and luxury household goods for Dunnes over the past decade.

Last November, Costelloe announced he was aiming to create items of ‘affordable luxury’ as he unveiled a new womens-wear collection for Dunnes Stores.

“I’ve always described myself as a national hunt jockey,” he declared.

“I can stay on the horse, I don’t fall off and there are a lot of fences that I approach very cautiously. I still love challenges and I’m a bad loser.”

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The chain store takes its fashion seriously.

Led by designer Carolyn Donnelly, of Quinn and Donnelly fame, as creative director, it aims to make further inroads into the affordable fashion market.

Last autumn, she was the mastermind behind Dunnes’ first major fashion show in several years, marking the ongoing transformation of the brand into a designer-led future.

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