Exclusive: Today FM star Louise Duffy on marriage to Paul Galvin and her latest career move
2016 is a year of change for Louise Duffy.
Five months after marrying former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin, the popular Today FM broadcaster is preparing for her next big move - moving from her afternoon programme to a later time slot and launching her first website.
Louise moved from the early morning show to the afternoon slot formerly presented by the late Tony Fenton last year.
Not content with conquering broadcasting, Louise has her sights set on dominating the fashion world this summer. Naturally, the Mayo native is prepared for comparisons to her husband’s online fashion presence, but she hasn't been seeking his advice in her latest business venture.
“He’s got a menswear fashion website – it was inspired from that. I was looking at him thinking, ‘Hmmm maybe I could get involved there’, but I don’t have much experience or much love for men’s fashion,” she said.
“I spend my evenings online looking constantly from high end to bargains. I spotted what he was doing but there’s room for some more for females in the online industry.”
"I think it’s important to keep work and home life separate, but if we’re doing the same thing there will be an overlap. He’s in Dunnes all the time, so he’s busy enough without me going to him for help."
They might be one of Ireland's most influential couples, but the 32-year-old said she doesn't seek out the limelight when it comes to stepping out with her other half. In the early days of their romance in 2011, paparazzi photos would often emerge of them holding hands in Dublin and while the invasion may have waned, Duffy said she was taken aback by the media interest.
"We keep work and home very separate. We don’t go to many events together, we have all our pals from the year dot and that’s how we’ve always been," she told Independent.ie.
“We’re probably a bit odd. I remember when I started going out with him, that was something that fazed me hugely but now it’s not an issue really. Ireland doesn’t really foster that culture - everyone lets everyone do their own thing."
“I would be perplexed that anyone would give a damn," she laughed. "It wouldn’t be something that would ever feature in our lives at all.”
Galvin may have just announced his return to GAA - playing hurling for Kilmacud Crokes - and Duffy said he was "getting a bit antsy" after he announced his retirement from Kerry football.
“He is just too young for the couch, he was getting a bit antsy sitting in with me every evening. He’s excited about that and hurling is something he’s always been more fond of, so he is excited to get involved again,” she explained.
“It’s a big transition for someone to stop doing what they’ve been doing all their lives, he’s just excited to get back there and play hurling.”
Kilmacud might be famous for its family oriented activities, the pair are focusing on married life and are in no rush to have children.
“You would hope that would be something down the line, but right now it’s about work and it’s nice to be married for awhile,” she said. “It’s not something we’ll be organising anytime soon.”
Louise has announced exclusively in Independent.ie she will be moving her afternoon radio show on Today FM to 7-9pm to explore a more alternative music roster on air and focus on launching her own fashion website in July. Fergal D’Arcy will be stepping into her afternoon slot.
“I’ve got a busy summer because I’m launching a new website – it’s called Women’s Wear Story where music meets fashion,” she explained.
“I don’t think there’s too many websites dedicated solely to music and fashion so I’m hoping to launch. It’s going to launch the last day of my midday show so then I’m going to take a few weeks off to give it some love then I’m back on Today FM in August.”
While she is prepared for critics of her latest move, Duffy said she is more concerned with getting to indulge in both of her passions and get paid to do it.
"My main passion has always been radio but in the industry we’re in, people need to diversify and go out of the normal 9-5," she told us.
"It’s moreso about indulging both passions. I’m online every evening so it’s great to have an opportunity to set them up. I went to Today FM with my idea and they were so good to give me the opportunity to move to an easier way of life.
"If I was to do daytime and do the website, it would be a major juggle and it would be quite difficult. This way I get the best of both worlds."
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