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.
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.
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
When it come to jewellery, use lads are pretty restricted. One area we can indulge is with a wristwatch,a quality watch goes with every outfit.
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.
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
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.
For far too long the Skeff in Galway has felt like a sleeping giant in Eyre Square, a wonderful pub but rarely the go to pub on a night out.
As a celebrated singleton friends frequently inquire if I ever get bored of the endless stream of meaningless one night stands.
I had the pleasure of attending a fundraising Fashion Show in the beautiful G Hotel last evening.
Galway is well known for its love of festivals, nowadays its also garnering a reputation as the gastro capital of Ireland.
Twitter turned ten recently and I more than most have thoroughly benefited from its creation.
Blind date in one of my favourite venues
The similarities between looking for somewhere to live and dating are actually remarkable when you think about it.
Valentines Day is rapidly becoming one of the most dreaded dates on the calendar as it reminds forlorn single women of their hopeless lonely plight.
Valentines Day is just a week away in football terms it’s the likewatching a first half at Old Trafford these days.
As 2015 slips on her little black dress after last nights frolics and scurries to the awaiting taxi knowing deep down that she’ll never get that call she was promised, we can lie back in the bed dreaming of what the New Year has in store.