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Louise Duffy and Aoibhin Garrihy weigh in to the name change debate as their wedding days approach

Published 02/12/2015 | 10:25

Aoibhin Garrihy (left) and Louise Duffy (right)
Aoibhin Garrihy (left) and Louise Duffy (right)
Aoibhin Garrihy & boyfriend John Burke at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
The happy couple: Mairéad with her husband Louis Ronan at their wedding in Ballyclerihan, Co Tipperary
Kerry footballer Paul Galvin and fiancée Louise Duffy Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Broadcaster Louise Duffy and actress Aoibhin Garrihy have both weighed into the ongoing surname change debate among Irish celebrities.

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The Today FM presenter will wed GAA footballer Paul Galvin in Mayo on New Year's Eve, but said she'll be holding onto her surname as she doesn't want to confuse listeners of her programme, which she took over in xxxx of this year.

"I know a lot of people are at the moment but I'm relatively new to daytime radio so I wouldn't go changing it," she told the Irish Mirror.

Meanwhile, Fair City star Aoibhin Garrihy, who will wed hotel manager John Burke in Co Clare next summer, said she is still deciding whether or not she will adopt her other half's surname after the nuptials.

Kerry footballer Paul Galvin and fiancée Louise Duffy Picture: Eamonn Keogh
Kerry footballer Paul Galvin and fiancée Louise Duffy Picture: Eamonn Keogh

"I still don't know," she told the new issue of VIP Magazine.

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"I'm probably a bit of a traditionalist, but at the same time, I love my name and with my career, you try to establish your name. I really haven't given it enough thought, yet."

RTE presenter Jennifer Zamparelli (nee Maguire) yesterday revealed she took her husband's name after their wedding 18 months ago, but is using it publicly in order to have the same name as her daughter Florence (eight months).

Aoibhin Garrihy & boyfriend John Burke at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Aoibhin Garrihy & boyfriend John Burke at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House

"I know a lot of people don't do it, but I got my name because my mum took my dad's name and as a family, I wanted us all to have the same surname. I wanted to have the same name as my daughter. I use it in work now too."

Mairead Ronan (nee Farrell) hit headlines when she took her husband Louis' surname after their June wedding and model Georgia Penna (nee Salpa) also chose to use her husband Joe's name professionally and privately.

The happy couple: Mairéad with her husband Louis Ronan at their wedding in Ballyclerihan, Co Tipperary
The happy couple: Mairéad with her husband Louis Ronan at their wedding in Ballyclerihan, Co Tipperary

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