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!

Standun Spiddal will showcase some of the wonderful Irish products they stock in their globally recognised store as well as guest food, fashion and beauty suppliers. Arrive at a Cocktail and Poitin reception and enjoy a fabulous evening at this landmark Galway store.

Meet and greet Irish Fashion Innovation Award Double Winner Deirdre Duffy who will showcase how she works and some of her beautiful designs from Wild Cocoon.

View the Autumn Winter Collection from Standun with models fromCatwalk Modelling Agency.

Learn how to make your own craft beer from the comfort of your home with Connacht Pale Ale.

Take a selfie at our Aran Sweater Wall and learn how to create the iconic Aran sweater stitches.

Meet the teams from RÍ NA MARA Irish Seaweed Cosmetics and The Connemara Food Company and sample some of their products.

Witness the queen bee at work for Leahy Bee Keeping and sample some of the wonderful natural honey & bees wax products that they produce from Sliabh Aughty Honey & Natural Irish Skincare

With exclusive goodie bags, delicious refreshments, entertainment by DJ Brendan Finan, spot prizes, special guests and *free transport from Galway city centre, this event is not to be missed!

*Limited seating available on buses, direct booking only through info@goldenegg.ie

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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’. One of which is the iconic Standun store in Spiddal. Only a fifteen minute drive from Galway city the beautiful drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, the store is well worth a visit.

Expect to see plenty of tourist’s during your visit but it’s got plenty of reasons for locals to check it out too. Standún was founded in 1946 by May and Máirtín Standún and is currently under the stewardship of the couples grand-daughters the beautiful Laragh and Cliona Standún. The stylish pair have an eye for fashion and this is reflected on the rails. As my friends or anyone that get’s the Galway papers know I love a good blazer and I was spoilt for choice on my most recent visit, eventually picking up a very smart navy “Stones” fitted blazer. With brands like McGee ……you’re sure to find something to impress.

The store is also renowned for its collection of Aran Sweaters. The iconic sweaters and cardigans can be purchased either handknit or machine knit, in a variey of styles. I am delighted to have finally added to my wardrobe for the winter.

I was aware of the clothes but the home and giftware section really impressed me. I will never be stuck for a present again after pursuing through the shelves. With brands such as Waterford Crystal, John Rocha, Lismore, Bog Buddies, Micolas Mosse, Galway Crystal, Belleek Pottery, Newbridge Silverware, Vera Wang to name but a few.

 

 

With amazing views from the car park and a delightful café in the shop Standùn is well worth a vist.

 

I received no payment for this post, it is part of a series promoting local business which I believe deserve recognition.

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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. Mens fashion is under appreciated in Ireland but thanks to the likes of Tommy Bowe and Paul Galvin using their influence to spread the good word I certainly think the tide is turning.

The package I received was extremely generous and gave me a perfect insight into this collection. The quality of material is excellent and I just love the attention to detail, the branded buttons, Tommy’s signature, the little sayings on leather tabs. It’s the little touches that make this such a great collection. I love the hoody, and the Club de Rugby - Ice Fleck jacket is just class. The t-shirts are a great fit, very modern and stylish, ideal for the weather we have been enjoying lately.

As a sartorial icon I am well used to receiving fashion compliments but no word of a lie I have never been complimented on a shirt as often as the Santa Fe – Sky shirt I wore out last weekend. It’s a very light, beautifully designed piece, which works well worn in a myriad of ways.

The Llyod and Pryce shoes have been on the shelves of Ireland’s best shoe shops for a number of years. These bad boys are stylish and comfortable the dream combination.

Tommy Bowe has a few good years left in him on the rugby pitch but when he hangs up the boots he’ll be flat out with XV Kings

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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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Daft Ireland

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Daft Ireland

The similarities between looking for somewhere to live and dating are actually remarkable when you think about it.

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