Wednesday 24 January 2018

Style confessions with... Rob Kearney, Leinster and Ireland rugby player

Q What are the five key items in your wardrobe?

A I always wear a black Tag Heuer Monaco watch that I got in South Africa. I wear my white Nike Air Max pretty much every day for both comfort and style reasons. I got a great pair of Adriano Goldschmied, dark-blue jeans in New York that I wear a lot. I also have a nice Lyle & Scott, grey V-neck jumper that I like.

Last up, although I don't wear any jewellery now, I used to wear my school graduation ring -- Clongowes Wood College. I broke my finger and it no longer fits, but before that I always had it on.

Q What are you wearing today and how much did it cost?

AI am wearing a black leather Armani jacket. It was a gift so I don't know how much it cost, but I know it came from a shop I like -- Tony McDonnell in Dundalk.

My Diesel shirt was from eBay. I really liked the fit of one that I bought previously, so I got five similar ones, including this, online for about €15 a piece from China.

I bought my black Armani belt in Barneys, New York, for $50. I'm wearing Energie jeans, which were €150 from Genius, and my boots are Oliver Sweeney -- they were a present from my girlfriend [Footballers' Wives actress Susie Amy].

QWhere do you like to shop for clothes -- online or the high street?

AMy favourite shop in Ireland would be Tony McDonnell in Dundalk (www.tony It's close to home, they stock all the stuff I like, and Jim, who owns it, is now a good friend.

I've shopped on eBay and also bought stuff on On the high street, I like the shirts in Massimo Dutti.

Q What are your favourite holiday destinations and why?

AParis is easily one of my favourite cities to visit. I lived there for a month when I was in transition year in school, so my French is pretty good and I know my way around. It's got great attractions and good food.

I have plenty of fond memories of family holidays in the Algarve in Portugal. New York is incredibly cool, but it has to be said that a few days in Las Vegas cannot be beaten for fun.

QWhere is the best place for male grooming?

AI am not fussed at all really. I get my hair cut when it's long and have been to The Grafton Barber a few times.

Q What are your favourite TV shows?

AI've seen all of Entourage and Californication. I have the box sets. My schedule is a bit funny and I can find myself in a hotel room, staying in on a Saturday to get an early night before a match on Sunday, so I watch these to amuse myself.

QWhat are the five most pop-ular tracks on your iPod?

AKings of Leon, Use Somebody; Regina Spektor, Eet; Mumford and Sons, Dust Bowl Dance; Band of Horses, The Funeral; Lifehouse, You and Me.

QWho in celebrity culture do you think dresses well?

AI really like David Beckham's style -- he keeps it interesting. I don't really pay a huge amount of attention to girls' fashion, so I couldn't name any one person who stands out.

QWho do you admire, both professionally and personally?

Apersonally, the most important people to me are my family. Muhammad Ali is the greatest sports star ever, so he is easily the person I admire the most professionally.

QWhat's the best gig you have ever been to?

AThe best gig I ever went to in Ireland was Kings of Leon opening the O2, and I saw Prince in Madison Square Gardens in New York -- it was incredible.

QWhat are your favourite gadgets?

AI like my iphone and my ibook. I also love my Xbox.

QWhat do you do aside from training to feel your best?

AI socialise with my friends to keep a balance in my life. I try to catch up on sleep as much as I can. I really enjoy long walks in Louth and I'll occasionally go back home and help out on my family farm.

QHas being in the public eye made you more self-conscious?

AI try to always be well-mannered. I try to act responsibly and be aware of the image that I am portraying.

QAre you involved with any charities?

AI work with and support Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, and Concern. Concern focuses on world poverty and Crumlin is a charity closer to home.

QWhat advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

AThe main things I would say to anyone in a similar position would be to enjoy sport and work incredibly hard but, most importantly, don't take everything that comes with it too seriously.

QWhat is next for you?

AI am on summer holidays and I have lots planned, but I'll keep my plans to myself!


Holly White

Irish Independent

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