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Christmas Crackers

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Christmas Crackers

Is it just me or does everything last for ages nowadays, with the obvious exception of people’s attention spans. I’m no Grinch but Christmas has been more drawn out than the announcement of the Dancing with the Stars Ireland participants. Christmas is lasting so long at the moment that poor old St Nick has less holidays that’s Irish teachers.

 

Christmas has changed; a lot like dating if you think about it. Back in the day it was a simpler time, we didn’t over think everything and made the most of what we had. The digital era leaves nothing to the imagination, the first week in December the only trees that should be in your living room are on I’m a Celebrity. Now on Instagram when I’m trying to decide fake or real it’s Christmas tree’s not…. Instagram followers.

 

It kicks off with Black Friday which is a lot like Tinder, going for things that you don’t really need or have any interest in, just because you can. Let’s buy that new hoover that plays Westlife’s greatest hit’s when it’s full just because there’s a fiver off it is a lot like texting Sinead in Waterford. You have great intentions at the start but it’s not practical and it fades faster than a Pennys top after one wash.

 

Choice is the problem really, back when we lived our boring not best lives, everyone had the same decorations criss – corssed across the room and nobody cared. Now people are spending longer taking the perfect photo of their tree than took them to decorate the bloody thing. They are getting hashtag “inspo” pics from some blogger who probably rocked up to the nearest 5 star hotel and made out it was her own living room. Thanks to social media and online shopping the possibilities are endless so we are constantly on the look out for the newest and best, just like dating. Imagine being from the West of Ireland 30 years ago, you could probably draw the family tree of every eligible singleton within a 10 mile radius. Now thanks to the power of dating apps I can get rejected by girls all over the world from the comfort of their own living rooms.

 

We are image obsessed, it’s all about perception. A relationship can be over before it even begins due to over thinking. You match a person, you pour over and analyse their social media platforms, you try to preform psychological analysis on texting style, you go CSI Knocknacarra all over their Instagram. Before mobiles it was

 

Landline

Him: You free next Saturday

Her Yeah

Him: Ok see you at 9 outside Moons

 

And then you got on with your lives, imagine that. Imagine not having to whip the girls Whats App Group into a frenzy over the fact that he was online an hour ago but didn’t go into your message. But they managed it, most of us were created without Tinder or Bumble, without POF of Two’s Company, so what I’m trying to say, in my own roundabout way, is CAN WE PLEASE LEAVE THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC AND DECORATIONS UNTIL BLOODY CHRISTMAS

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Environ Friendly

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Environ Friendly

Self care is not selfish!

It’s a quote I heard again recently and absolutely love. A few weeks ago I was invited to Westport to undergo a skin consultation in Gearldines Skincare Clinic after a recommendation from my good friend Hayley Coleman. If you follow Geraldine on social media you will know that she is really encouraging men to look after their skin and is treating Mayo GAA legends like Aiden O Shea and Lee Keegan and boxer Ray Moylette in order to encourage men to look after their skin better. So when I told my friends I was going for a facial I was greeted with replies like, “isn’t it good for some” or “aren’t you good to yourself”! Skincare shouldn’t be seen as a luxury it’s a necessity.

Environ combines the best of science with cutting edge technology to offer skin care principals that provide superior scientific-based skincare for all. The man behind Environ is Dr Des Fernandes who designed Environ to help correct the visible effects of the chronic deficiency of vitamin A that everyone suffers from in the exposed areas of their skin. Few people understand that this deficiency leads to the appearance of major skin problems we develop and attribute to aging and sun damage. 

The formulae of Environ are entirely based on the need to help replenish all the essential skin nutrients lost by exposure to the sun and environmental factors, and at the same time moisturise the skin's appearance. Environ skin care products have been formulated to combat and relieve the harmful effects of today’s harsh environmental changes, specifically pollution and ever-increasing doses of radiation from the sun due to the thinning of the protective ozone layer. Added to these are the modern-day effects of social and work stresses and poor diet. 
 

On my first visit I had an Environ Hydraboost Treatment using Hyaluronic Acid. This holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water. It is used to hydrate and plump the skin reducing premature wrinkles caused by dehydration and general ageing. The facial felt amazing but most importantly I was given a number of products to take away and use. I have been using these for three months now and while this is a relatively short amount of time I can already see and feel the improvements.

Each day I use an Environ Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser (I’ve just moved onto level 2 of the Environ Vitimin Step- Up System) and Advanced Nutrition Skin Vit A Capsule’s so my skin is getting treated from inside as well as outside.

Now all I need is to sort out the diet and drink more water!

A huge thanks to Gearldine and her team for the treatments and the great advice during the treatments

 

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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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Winter Essentials

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Winter Essentials

Winter Must haves While we aren’t generally exposed to the most extreme weather conditions in Ireland the winter weather can still take its toll.

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