A CONTESTANT on an RTE reality show has been arrested by gardai several times and has several criminal convictions, including one for possession of a knife.
Father-of-two Damian Galvin and his wife Jenny, from Carbury, Co Kildare, were among three "incompatible couples" who featured on 'Six in the City' this week. During the show, couples compete to show each other the ultimate night out in their home cities and towns.
The Galvins invited fellow contestants, from Derry and Dublin, to "party like culchies" and had their new friends falling about with laughter when they described how their pet monkey died from trauma after he was stolen in a burglary at their home.
But the Irish Independent has learnt that Galvin has a number of criminal convictions and has been arrested by gardai on numerous occasions.
Sources revealed the former builder and stay-at-home dad has received a number of short prison sentences for public order offences, breach of the peace, obstructing a garda and possession of a knife in 2008 and 2009.
He also has convictions for road traffic offences including dangerous driving.
Last summer he was arrested along with another man following a horrific machete attack on a man which left the victim needing 100 stitches to wounds in his back, chest, neck and face.
The assault victim later withdrew his complaint and Galvin wasn't charged.
When contacted by the Irish Independent, Jenny Galvin denied that her husband had any criminal convictions other than for road traffic matters.
Production company Wacka TV said a member of the public contacted the firm to complain when she heard Galvin was to appear.
A Wacka spokesman told the Irish Independent that the company sought assurances from Galvin that he was not facing serious criminals charges.
Last year, Galvin's brother Michael was shot during a gun attack in which two of his friends, Andy Barry and Lithuanian Zilvinas Varnauskas, were murdered by hit men.
Michael Galvin, also from Carbury, and another Lithuanian national – Nerijus Kelmelus – were present in Barry's house in Kilcock, Co Kildare, last March when the gunmen burst in.
Michael Galvin recently left the Carbury area after receiving fresh death threats.