Jersey boys... Sunday Game stars and their sons style up
With the fashion on The Sunday Game now a national talking point, we drafted in two of its pundits to model with their sons and tell us about their sartorial tastes away from their county colours.
Last weekend, former Kerry football star Tomás Ó Sé caused something of a stir on The Sunday Game - not for his commentary but rather for the dapper bow tie he sported on RTÉ's flagship GAA show. The huge reaction it drew on social media served to highlight that the panel is fast becoming known as much for its style as its analysis.
"It was different," Michael Lyster smiles diplomatically of Ó Sé's outfit, which also featured a low-cut waistcoat. "I can't leave for one minute and look what happens! I wasn't always fashion-conscious. But when you're on TV you have to be. I prefer to keep it simple, so I wouldn't be one for putting on a dickie bow myself. I'll leave that to Tomás."
Last month, prior to his health scare, Michael flexed his own fashion muscles for a Weekend fashion shoot. He was joined by his son Jack (19), as well as fellow TV commentator, Michael Duignan, the retired hurling manager who has two All-Ireland medals to his name playing for Offaly.
Our models were dressed for the occasion by Galvin Tullamore, which is currently celebrating 65 years in business. The store, which has recently been overhauled, has 1,200 individual suits in stock at any one time. Paul Galvin, owner of the store, confirms that "Irish men are paying more attention to the latest trends and they are dressing a lot more youthfully than ever before".
Michael Duignan, who was accompanied to the Weekend shoot by his sons Brian (14) and Seán (17), agrees. "I used to feel reasonably conservative but in recent years, as the lads got older and more interested in style, I felt as though I had to update my look." Michael has an adventurous sense of style and from our shoot, it was clear that he is open to embracing new colours and trends.
"I have four children, all with a keen interest in fashion and style, so I suppose I felt as if I've had to take more interest in my own style in recent years," says Michael Lyster, who admits that he would have seen himself as slightly more conservative when it came to his dress sense, sticking to the reliable suits and brands he has always known.
However, at our shoot, Michael was keen to embrace more prints and colour, and our stylist, Aisling Farinella, had Michael seeing his style in a whole new light. "Bright colours and prints would never have been something I would personally pick out for myself, but I enjoyed getting into them for the shoot."
All clothes from Galvin Tullamore, (057) 932 1164 galvintullamore.ie
Photography: Sean Jackson, assisted by Jack Murphy
Stylist: Aisling Farinella, assisted by Maeve Barry
Shot on location at Galvin, 12 Columcille St, Tullamore, Co. Offaly