'I stayed away because I couldn't be listening to them' - Paul Galvin on his Mayo in-laws ahead of today's clash with Kerry
Former Kerry star Paul Galvin joked that he is keeping clear of his wife Louise Duffy's family ahead of the big match today, in which Mayo will take on the Kingdom in the All Ireland Football semi-final.
The former county player said the much-anticipated clash has been all his Mayo in-laws have spoken about throughout the past few weeks, and he has avoided going west ahead of the match.
Speaking to The Sunday World, Galvin said: "My wife is on holidays this week, so she is actually in Mayo.
"I stayed away because I couldn't be listening to them," he joked.
Although Duffy described her interest in GAA as "casual", the radio presenter said the run-up to the match has been exciting.
"My family are into the GAA, but personally I wouldn't have played. However, with the Galvins obviously you learn quick, so we're really excited about the weekend.
"There is a great vibe in Mayo and everybody is really excited about it.
"We always go along to the game together and it's always a bit of fun.
"I'm just a casual observer, but it means so much to Paul, his family are so involved.
"He has got a brother-in-law playing and another brother-in-law managing the team so it's an important day out for them," she said.
Meanwhile, the couple is celebrating the recent launch of Galvin's fourth range for Dunnes Stores.
Speaking of the Mister collection, the designer said: "In English football culture, the players call the manager The Boss or The Gaffer. My collection is called Mister, from Spanish football culture. The collection is a modern-day manager’s wardrobe, the look of say Pep, a former Barcelona manager.
"I broke the collection up into three parts — the sideline look, which in Pep’s case is a suit with a jumper, shirt and tie; then there’s the training ground look, which is really sportswear with a long manager’s jacket and a tracksuit, and there are fashion and streetwear pieces, like sweats, shirts, and a denim jacket.
"I think Zinedine Zidane, manager of Real Madrid, is very cool. There’s a whole host of super managers today and they are the top, elite, tastemakers who are very stylish. Pep is probably the leader, but there’s about five or six of them including Mourinho, Zidane and Simeone of Atlético Madrid," explains Galvin.