Wedding Bells

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Wedding Bells

Any excuse that I get to visit the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point I will grab with both hands. After my amazing recent stay I make the return trip to see the hotels wedding fare. After experiencing the incredibly warm West Clare welcome I knew that all perspective couples would be in for a treat when they met the team.

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Skincare - not just for girls

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Skincare - not just for girls

Blogging has taught me a great deal, about myself, the world around me and the importance of looking after your skin. I have got to try lots of great brands and one of the best is without doubt Clairns. I was recently sent two new products by the legendary French brand.

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Common Scents

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Common Scents

Anyone that follows me on social media will be well aware that I am a big fan of aftershave. As my collection grows so too does my interest in different and scents and brands. I’m not the kind of person that sticks to one fragrance for a while, I like to have a selection suitable for a whole host of occasions.

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Anti Wrinkle Galway

Botox, a simple safe beauty treatment or a shameful, risky vanity indulgence. Talking to the majority of my friends it would appear to be the latter. When it came to getting Botox, like every decision making process in 2017 I threw the question into a trusted What’s App group.

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Yarn - At Standun

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Yarn - At Standun

I am delighted to be hosting a terrific event tomorrow evening 21st of September in Standun of Spiddal. The event in association with Galway Now Magazine promises to be a fun and informative evening. Join us on the eve of Galway Culture Night 2017 for YARN – where traditional meets contemporary in this exclusive evening of style and entertainment!

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Shopping Local

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Shopping Local

I’m all about looking forward: the next gadget, the newest hotspot in town, I’m on it like CNN on Trumps latest daft tweets. However, every now and again it’s nice to enjoy and appreciate some of the more traditional local business’.

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Fancy a Cuppa

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Fancy a Cuppa

Last week I had my first ever cupping therapy session. I think like a lot of people I first noticed it during the Olympics when Micheal Phleps amongst others had those distinctive marks on their back after the treatment. I was delighted to accept the offer from Lorraine and travel out to Claregalway for a treatment.

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. You can get it for a whole host of reasons, friends of mine go to alleviate pain, I just with the goal of relaxation and wellbeing.

To begin I was given a massage with oils and then the suction cups were applied. Lorraine, my lovely masseuse talking me through the entire process gently moved the cups around my back, at all times ensuring that I wasn’t feeling any pain or discomfort. I honestly found it so relaxing, it was such a lovely experience.

The basic principal is that as the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the blood vessels to expand which causes your skin to expand. The cups were gentle moved around my back to stimulate the entire area and encourage blood flow throughout.

I’d honestly highly recommend a treatment, I feel so great afterwards, really relaxed and refreshed. I met a friend just after the treatment and he asked if I had just woken up, as I looked so relaxed.

I think its critical to unwind and relax nowadays. I have always found playing sport an amazing way to relieve stress but as I get a bit older its harder to play as often as I’d like to. This or any treatment that you find helps you to relax and feel reenergized is so worthwhile. Treating yourself a few times a year can have serious long term benefits to your physical and mental wellbeing.

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Feeling Jaded

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Feeling Jaded

The poor old English get blamed for a lot of things in this country, most unfairly but some is justified. The Irish were a randy bunch back in the day until Queen Elizabeth and the gang stopped all the fun.

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Skinny Love

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Skinny Love

Skinny Love I’m generally at my happiest with a large flute in hand, so when the invitation to attend the launch of Thomson and Scott Skinny Prosecco dropped in the letterbox I was delighted.

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Dear Galway Player

Dear Galway Player  

This is the strangest letter I’ve ever had to write but it’s been a while coming. Just over five years ago after an exasperated conversation about the world of dating you were born. It was impossible to predict then the profound change of my life the simple act of setting up a twitter account.

 

In all honestly I was struggling at that time, struggling with my confidence, self esteem and my direction in life. Despite my amazing friends and family I felt lost and it took you, an alter ego, a fictional character to teach me who I really am. The joy and happiness that I have experienced thanks to this blog over that has been immeasurable, but more importantly resulted in my personal development and the restoration of my self-confidence. I have truly never been happier, working in my dream job as part of the marking team for An Púcán, The Connacht Hotel and Active Fitness.

 

The world of blogging has taught me more about life and myself that I ever imagined. Marketing is about standing out and I certainly achieved that, maybe I took the saying that ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity” a little too far but I am so proud of my achievements with this sometimes divisive character. If you told me six years ago that I would have written a book on dating and have a regular segment on national radio giving advice, I’d have laughed, proof I guess that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

 

Being anonymous was both the best and worst thing about that blog, now however is the time to part ways. The Shift and Drift lifestyle was a lot of fun but it’s time for me and the blog to move on to the next step. I have been fortunate to work with amazing companies in the past and look forward to working with more and sharing my personal thoughts and experiences. I have developed a previously unknown love of writing and a passion for fashion and male grooming, I hope that the next stage of the Galway Player Blog can be a source of reference to Irish typical Irish guys, like myself.

 

From the bottom of my heart thanks so much to everyone that I’ve met and has supported me on this journey, far too many to mention here. So Galway’s worst kept secret is officially out, see you all soon.

 

Kieran O Malley

The Galway Player

 

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Renault Zoe

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Renault Zoe

Ask any of my former flames I’m always up for trying something new so when i was asked to try an electric car for a weekend I jumped at the chance.

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XV Kings Summer 2016

When the guys at XV Kings contacted me about becoming an ambassador I jumped at the opportunity. I had already got a couple of pieces from previous collections in the wardrobe and eagerly anticipated seeing the new collection.

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Neo Strata Review

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Neo Strata Review

Drake once said "Beauty isn't about having a pretty face, its about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart and having a pretty soul" while this is all well and good in reality a pretty mind will get you very few matches on Tinder.

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Faking It

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Faking It

As a celebrated singleton friends frequently inquire if I ever get bored of the endless stream of meaningless one night stands.

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