Monday 19 March 2018

From boy to Beckett - a tribute from Paul Galvin

Paul Galvin's salute to a Nobel Prize winner

Herringbone blazer, €90; Charcoal turtleneck top, €25; Wine crew neck knit, €45; Skinny Jeans, €55; Apron front shoe, €70
Herringbone blazer, €90; Charcoal turtleneck top, €25; Wine crew neck knit, €45; Skinny Jeans, €55; Apron front shoe, €70
Tipperary Crystal: rose gold necklace with clear stones
Tipperary Crystal: Blue Orbiting Moon pendant
Tipperary Crystal: the new bracelet collection ranges from €40, €45 and €50.
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Former GAA star Paul Galvin has really got his teeth into his third menswear collection, which launched at Dunnes Stores this week.

Funny though, Paul still bashfully bats away the title of fashion designer, preferring instead to be called creative director of his menswear brand.

The Kerry GAA hero certainly has learned a lot over the last year dipping his boot into the mechanics of retail. Looking through Paul's latest collection, which drops into store from this week right through to October, you can see his growing maturity driving the range and there are lots more classics, but with a Galvin twist. Gone are the slogan T-shirts and in come a tartan shirt, denim overshirt and dip-hemmed knits that work exceedingly well with his take on the herringbone tweed blazer (pictured right).

Paul always had a penchant for finding vintage tweed jackets and his choice of herringbone blend has a lovely pepper and salt fleck while his three-quarter length dogstooth check coat is padded for extra warmth. Smart over a suit, this plaid coat leaps into weekend duties and rocks a downtime look when toughened up with skinny jeans and a pair of chocolate brown work boots with a comfy rubber wedge. The addition of his suede 'apron front' shoes with raised seam is very Paul and he clearly enjoyed editing his colour palette which reflects the elemental nature found in the writings of Dubliner Samuel Beckett.

Paul tells me how he was interested by the Waiting for Godot line, "We are all born mad, some remain so." While Paul has not studied Beckett, you can see how a phrase got into his head and from there he started researching the Nobel Prize winner, reading himself into the subject, poring over photographs including John Minihan's iconic work.

The Irish photographer once told me the back-story to his 1985 iconic shots of Beckett in the fading daylight of a Paris café on Boulevard St Jacques. When the author asked him did he want to take his photographs, Minihan got just six frames, inside and out of the café. When Paul Galvin explains that his oatmeal Aran jumper in the collection is made in Monasterevin, I point out that John Minihan came from just down the road in Athy. Synchronicity starts kicking in. Turns out that Paul has been dressing the band, Picture This and aren't they playing in Athy next weekend? Bet they, or Paul, will be wearing Beckett-inspired polos for the occasion.



Tipperary Crystal: rose gold necklace with clear stones

Tipperary Crystal are new players on the fine jewellery scene - and they certainly will be under the spotlight this month when the Roses arrive out on stage in Tralee wearing the pieces - so I thought you might like an exclusive preview of their shoot in advance. Designed and created by the in-house team, the pieces come in rose gold, yellow gold and silver and are all about timeless design and affordability. There are lovely flecks of blue and lavender coming through in some pieces such as the Blue Orbiting Moon pendant in silver, €60, worn on the double (above) with matching earrings, €25. The delicate quality of the rose gold necklace (below) with clear stones, ​€60 and matching earrings caught my eye and for bracelets, the new collection features styles priced €40, €45 and €50.

Tipperary Crystal: Blue Orbiting Moon pendant

For info, see


The Kenzo X H&M collaboration due November 3 looks cool judging by this first sighting - an oversized leather jacket with pink faux Shearling lining, tiger print jersey rollneck top and high-waisted leggings

Weekend Magazine

Life Newsletter

Our digest of the week's juiciest lifestyle titbits.

Editors Choice

Also in Life