Former Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin will be putting pen to paper to release a new book this autumn.
he sports-star turned fashion designer said he has been “deeply immersed” in his new project for the last number of months and the tome will be published by Gill Books.
All-Ireland winner Galvin, who previously scored a best-seller with his 2014 autobiography, said it will explore the relationship that Irishmen have with their clothing.
“I think habits have changed post-pandemic. There was a move towards relaxed sportswear and leisurewear. But of course the suit and tailoring can never go away. It’s too intrinsic to the Irishman and ultimately through necessity or choice or weddings and work, you’ll always return to the suit. You’ll always have it and need it,” he said.
He said his new book will combine “design and storytelling” as he spoke about the traditional fashion adopted by Irishmen.
“Historically, if you look at old archive imagery, particularly old GAA imagery from the 1900s, pre-War of Independence, it was the Irishman and his suit – not just going to matches but also Mass. It’s just very evident. A three-piece suit and a flat cap was the Irishman’s uniform. I think that is always going to be there but obviously changes will happen. But I wouldn’t like for the suit to disappear,” he said.
Galvin said he didn’t like the place Ireland was in about 10 years ago with regards to men not being encouraged to be overly interested in clothing and fashion.
“I just felt it was a bit of a laugh and I thought, Ireland has to be a bit better than this and it has to be OK to be into this stuff. It’s just so important for guys to be able to express themselves whatever way and if clothes make them feel good, there’s a self-esteem aspect there,” he said.
He currently designs a range for Dunnes Stores and also has his own label, Keohane Athletic Club sportswear as he continues to spread his fashion wings.
Galvin has also teamed up with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for its new fundraising campaign with Circle K which runs until July 31.
He said being a parent with wife Louise Duffy, with whom he has daughters Esme (3) and Elin (11 months), makes the work that the foundation does even more meaningful.
“The foundation is like an institution to me. I would have heard loads about it before but becoming parents is what moved Louise and I to get involved. You want to learn more and you’re probably more invested,” he said.
As part of the campaign, he met with mum Carla Thompson and her daughter Lucy (3), who has Zellweger Syndrome, a life-limiting genetic condition. A Jack and Jill service user, she is one of just three children in Ireland with the syndrome and she has managed to defy all the odds when it comes to her prognosis.
“To see her mum look after her the way she did was incredible. I just found it very moving to be around Lucy,” he said.
Circle K customers can show their support for the campaign by scanning their app or their Play or Park loyalty tag every time they purchase fuel from the participating stations.
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