Monday 5 December 2016

'It's better to leave home and work separate' - Louise Duffy on working with Paul Galvin

Sean O'Grady

Published 25/08/2016 | 07:18

GAA Star Paul Galvin and RTE's Louise Duffy at the Original Penguin AW Collection preview at Denzille Cinema 24 August.
GAA Star Paul Galvin and RTE's Louise Duffy at the Original Penguin AW Collection preview at Denzille Cinema 24 August.
Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy
Too glamorous to be hipsters: Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy.
Louise Duffy and Paul Galvin at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards of the 8th Kerry Fashion Week in the Europe Hotel & Spa. Photo: Pawel Nowak.
RTE's Louise Duffy at the Original Penguin AW Collection preview at Denzille Cinema 24 August

They are one of Ireland's most stylish couples but don't expect Louise Duffy and Paul Galvin to go into business together any time soon.

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The Today FM presenter and the former Kerry GAA star are both known for their passion for fashion.

Louise recently launched her fashion and music website, Womenswearstory.com, while Paul has a men's fashion range in Dunnes Stores.

But when it comes to working together, the radio star reckons it's not a good idea for couples to mix business with pleasure.

RTE's Louise Duffy at the Original Penguin AW Collection preview at Denzille Cinema 24 August
RTE's Louise Duffy at the Original Penguin AW Collection preview at Denzille Cinema 24 August

"I don't think we'll team up," she told the Diary. "We would always discuss things with each other and advise each other, but I think it's better to leave home and work separate. I think it's safer.

"I come home from my day and he comes home from his day and we don't cross paths on that side too much."

The Mayo native revealed she's very proud of her husband for all he has achieved since hanging up his Gaelic football boots. "It's doing so well, it's fabulous. I've been wearing a lot of it too. It's my favourite yet. He's doing great," she said.

Louise has also noticed Paul's style has had an influence on some of his GAA pals.

"I do think it's changing a lot. I see a lot of the guys Paul used to play football with and they're really into their gear and really into their trainers and style in general," she said.

Read more: Exclusive: Today FM star Louise Duffy on marriage to Paul Galvin and her latest career move

Bring your wife to work day for @pgal10 The new collection is out, and I'm nicking it all! #BornMad

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The presenter previously fronted The Louise Duffy Show at 2:30pm on Today FM but moved to the later slot of 7pm recently, swapping places with Fergal D'Arcy. The move has allowed her more time to focus on her website.

"It's lovely," she said. "This is week number three, so I'm really enjoying it. It's kind of more like a hobby now.

"I play lovely mellow music in the evenings and I have the studio to myself.

"I have more freedom in terms of what I can play, I can veer away from the playlist. It's a lot more new music and there's more scope to experiment."

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Running her own site is proving to be hard work, the host said.

"Like anything with online, the website takes a while to get off the ground and you've to work hard," she added.

Louise said she's not trying to be Ireland's next top blogger and won't be be following in the footsteps of Pippa O'Connor.

"They're all bloggers and I would admire what they're doing so much. It's such a busy industry and there's so many strong people that I'm not really venturing into that side of things too much, it's more magazine style. It's not about me," she said.

Louise was speaking at the launch of Original Penguins Autumn/Winter collection, which is stocked nationwide.

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