Gardai probe alleged pub scrap involving Paul Galvin and merciless mimic Oliver Callan
Published 20/10/2011 | 13:54
GARDAI are investigating an alleged pub row involving controversial Kerry footballer Paul Galvin and impersonator Oliver Callan, who regularly parodies him on his radio programme.
No arrests have been made in relation to the alleged incident which occurred at Kehoe’s pub on South Anne Street, Dublin last night.
“We can confirm we are investigating an alleged incident between two men at approximately 11.40pm at a licenced premises on October 19,” a Garda spokesperson told Independent.ie today but she would not comment on the identity of the individuals involved.
Neither Mr Callan nor Mr Galvin were available for comment today.
The GAA star has been wickedly skewered by Mr Callan on numerous occasions for his fashionista persona. He writes a fashion column for the Irish Independent Weekend magazine.
Eye witnesses claimed that Mr Galvin confronted Mr Callan in the late night incident.
Gardai at Pearse Street have confirmed that they received a complaint.
It is understood that ribbing over Mr Galvin’s ‘relationship’ with Grainne Seoige escalated into an argument and the gardai were called.
Kehoe’s pub staff were not prepared to comment on the incident today.
Mr Callan who has parodied the GAA star on his RTE Radio One satirical show Green Tea, has had many laughs at his expense – including one sketch where Galvin gets Taoiseach Enda Kenny to ‘man up’ by giving him a body wax.
The footballer was recently linked in newspaper reports with presenter Grainne Seoige and the pair have reportedly struck up a friendship.
Last year Mr Galvin hit the headlines after accidentally striking a pupil with a duster in the classroom.
The All-star and former Kerry captain is understood have thrown the duster while teaching a class at St Brendan's College in Killarney last January.
The duster ricocheted and struck a pupil on the head, but the student was not injured.
The incident plunged Galvin back into controversy after his notorious suspension during the 2008 championship.
His dream of captaining the Kingdom to All-Ireland glory was shattered that year after he slapped the notebook from referee Paddy Russell's hand in Kerry's championship opener against Clare.
But he turned his football career around in 2009 and won his fourth All-Ireland medal with Kerry as well as being chosen as player of the year.
He has now taken a break from teaching and is studying fashion.
Oliver Callan is a gifted mimic who became known for his daily satirical show Nob Nation on Radio 2.
Originally from Co Monaghan, he began his broadcasting career as a newsreader before teaming up with Mario Rosenstock of Gift Grub at Today FM. The pair ended up in legal dispute and Mr Callan moved station to establish his own show on RTE.