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GAA star and fashion aficionado Paul Galvin is now a married man, after tying the knot to his long-term love Louise Duffy today.

Shortly before heading to the church, Louise took to Instagram to share an oh-so sweet throwback snap of herself and Paul, simply captioning it 'My boy.' D'aaaw.

The pair braved a windy day in Crossmolina, the hometown of Today FM presenter Louise, to tie the knot in a traditional Catholic ceremony.

Louise walked down the aisle of St Tiernan's Church – the same church where she made her First Communion and Confirmation – wearing a stunning lace gown by Irish designer Kathy de Stafford.

She accessorised with simple silver and blue jewellery from Dublin-based Juvi Designs.

 

Something new, and blue from @juvidesigns x

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As for Paul, he used the opportunity to show off some of his Dunnes Stores menswear collection, wearing a three-piece black suit which is currently available in-store. Handy!

The newlyweds left the church under a hurley-laden guard of honour, before heading to Beleek Castle to celebrate with their 200 guests.

Speaking about her wedding plans recently, Louise said she was excited to be able to combine New Year's Eve and her post-wedding bash.

"The place we're getting married in is just beautiful, but for New Year's Eve, I want it to be magical with lights and candles and everything," she told Irish Country Magazine.

As for her stunning dress, the bride was keen to keep things traditional. "It’s better to put your own stamp on it but have something that will remain beautiful and not be annoyed and try and hide my album in years to come," she said.

And looking at today's gorgeous snaps, we doubt Louise will have anything to hide.

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Kerry football star Paul Galvin is clearly a man of many talents – and off the GAA pitch, he's also undeniably forged a reputation as a fashionisto to be reckoned with. 

Now, after months of rumour and speculation, the 35-year-old has released his menswear collaboration with Dunnes.

Delightfully, it's all very Paul: totaling 21 pieces, fans can choose from several modern-man items such as monochrome tees (think Alexander Wang) dropped crotched joggers, hi-top leather trainers and even a khaki-coloured cape. Prices start from €25 and peak at a reasonable €100.

So far so standard.

What is somewhat more surprising, however, is the inspiration behind the designs: namely the lyrics of our national anthem, Amhran na bhFiann.

In fact, the collection itself has been entitled Vanguard. Personally chosen by Paul, it is a word that "aims to capture the spirit of the vanguard warriors, the risk takers, who led military movements from the front". 

"This is not so much a clothing collection as a clothing movement," Mr Galvin states via a just-issued press release. "It represents new thoughts, new language, and hopefully a new direction for menswear in Ireland."

The Amhran na bhFiann lyrics put to good use too, with "sinne fianna fáil," and "faoi mhóid bheith saor" being singled out for inclusion: the English language versions of the lines – "warriors are we," and "sworn to be free" – have been printed on t-shirts and sweatshirts.

And while the collaboration is sure to be a big hit, one woman who is not always impressed by Paul's style is his own Kerry mammy.

Close to a year ago when he appeared opposite Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show, he wore a Public School oversized white shirt – a choice of attire he later admitted had failed to impress Mrs Galvin.

Indeed, on his website he revealed that she had even threatened to hide his purchase.

Paul is now happily planning his wedding to radio presenter Louise Duffy; he popped the question in New York in the spring and they've pencilled in a date for "early next year".

Paul Galvin's 21-piece debut menswear collection in collaboration with Dunnes Stores is available to buy online at dunnesstores.com and in selected Dunnes Stores.

 

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Some would say that being by choosing to work on the radio, your your bound to get some stick every now and again. The presenters at Today FM have had enough and decided it’s time to get back at their haters and play them at their own game. Watch this video for more!

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