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Saturday 16 December 2017

Sportsman with a passion for fashion

Edel O'Connell

PAUL Galvin is a man whose twin passions are the unlikely bedfellows of GAA and fashion.

The 31-year-old firebrand's reputation for being a hardman on the pitch is as infamous as his metrosexual persona off of it.

The former school teacher- who is one of the most talked about GAA players in the country -- was the subject of an RTE documentary 'Galvanised' last Christmas in which the tattooed, skinny jeans fan revealed he was a dedicated follower of fashion.

The enigmatic footballer models himself more on sports idols such as David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo than fellow GAA stars.

Last year Galvin hit the headlines after accidentally striking a pupil with a duster.

The All Star and former Kerry captain is understood have thrown the duster while teaching a class at St Brendan's College in Killarney last January. The duster accidentally struck a pupil on the head, but the student was uninjured.

This was not the first time his reputation was marred by controversy. In 2008, he was famously suspended during the 2008 championship.

His dream of leading the Kingdom to All-Ireland glory was shattered that year after he knocked the notebook from referee Paddy Russell's hand in Kerry's championship opener against Clare.

Galvin managed to turn his football career around in 2009 however, when he won his fourth All-Ireland medal with Kerry as well as being chosen as player of the year.

The hip-hop loving fashionista admitted he left his teaching job as he found it "too boring" and wanted to pursue his creative interests.

Galvin started a fashion course at Dublin Institute of Technology last year but was forced to quit due to the time pressures placed on him by his GAA commitments.

Irish Independent

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