Monday 23 July 2018

'I can't imagine how it must be for couples who do proper shift work' - Louise Duffy on marriage to Paul Galvin

Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy
Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy
Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy
Louise Duffy & Paul Galvin walk the red carpet at the Gala Irish premiere of The Handsome Devil as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy
Louise Duffy and Paul Galvin at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards of the 8th Kerry Fashion Week in the Europe Hotel & Spa. Photo: Pawel Nowak.
Today FM Presenter Louise Duffy and Kerry Footballer Paul Galvin after their wedding ceremony. Photo: Conor McKeown
New Year's Eve Bliss for Today FM Presenter Louise Duffy and Kerry Footballer Paul Galvin as they leave St Tiernan's Church Crossmolina Mayo where they were married this afternoon Pic Conor McKeown
New Year's Eve Bliss forToday FM Presenter Louise Duffy and Kerry Footballer Paul Galvin as they leave St Tiernan's Church Crossmolina Mayo where they were married yestersday. Pic Conor McKeown
Louise Duffy and Paul Galvin pictured at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival closing night gala screening of Handsome Devil at The Savoy Cinema in Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Paul Galvin, Louise Duffy
GAA star Paul Galvin seen enjoying pints of Guinness in the sun outside Grogans Bar on South William Street with fiancee Louise Duffy before heading off with arms around each other heading towards the Georges Street Arcade, Dublin
Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy, during the ninth annual Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 at the The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Paul Galvin and Louise Louise Duffy at Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy's wedding, Waterville, Co Kerry, 18 January.
Kerry footballer Paul Galvin and fiancée Louise Duffy Picture: Eamonn Keogh
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It takes some couples years to get into the right groove for their relationship and Louise Duffy and Paul Galvin have it down to a T.

After nearly six years together and two years of marriage, the Today FM broadcaster and GAA star/fashion designer know how to make their relationship not only work, but thrive. While it might be a nightmare idea to some to not have the 9 to 5 stability of scheduling, this Irish celebrity couple know the importance of making time for one another, no matter how busy their calendars are.

Louise is on the airwaves from 7 to 9pm, while Galvin is playing club football, and both have a myriad side projects that keep them occupied: for Paul, it's his successful eponymous menswear line with Dunnes Stores and Louise, her fashion website Women's Wear Story.

"We are both busy. We make up for lost time at the weekends and we have breakfast together during the week whenever we can. I can't imagine how it must be for couples who work proper shift work and weekends. We just make it work for us," she told RSVP Magazine.

Louise Duffy & Paul Galvin walk the red carpet at the Gala Irish premiere of The Handsome Devil as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Louise Duffy & Paul Galvin walk the red carpet at the Gala Irish premiere of The Handsome Devil as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema. Picture: Fergal Phillips

And they make sure to prioritise time together whenever they have a moment spare.

"I love getting home to mayo and heading down to Kerry with Paul. A lot of our friends are starting to move home from Australia and Dubai or wherever they might be and there seems to be a lot on with people coming and going," she added. "I try to make weekends as special as possible and do something with Paul, even if it is just a walk in Killiney or going for lunch."

The 33-year-old also fondly remembered the early days of her romance with Galvin and they were together for several months before the gossip columns got wind of it, largely due to their antisocial schedules.

"I was working on the early shift on Today FM, where I was getting up at 4am, and Paul was still playing football for Kerry so there weren't too many nights out," she said. "We had a nice and relaxing approach to the beginning of our relationship - it was all about just spending time together.

Louise Duffy and Paul Galvin at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards of the 8th Kerry Fashion Week in the Europe Hotel & Spa. Photo: Pawel Nowak.
Louise Duffy and Paul Galvin at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards of the 8th Kerry Fashion Week in the Europe Hotel & Spa. Photo: Pawel Nowak.

"I think a good relationship gets better and better as time goes on and I became more impressed with Paul the longer we were together. I don't think there was any big moment, I just thought he was a fabulous guy."

Today FM Presenter Louise Duffy and Kerry Footballer Paul Galvin after their wedding ceremony. Photo: Conor McKeown
Today FM Presenter Louise Duffy and Kerry Footballer Paul Galvin after their wedding ceremony. Photo: Conor McKeown

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