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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Louise Duffy: 'Getting married? I need a bomb under me now just to get organised'

Louise Duffy
Louise Duffy
Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy, during the ninth annual Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 at the The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin
Louise Duffy
Tony Fenton

Louise Duffy is one seriously relaxed bride-to-be. The 30-year-old beauty, who is now one of Today FM's most-beloved stars, plans to walk down the aisle to her fiance, Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin, at some point in the next 12 months.

The radio presenter bubbles over with excitement when talking about plans for the big day, but said that she needs to get moving.

"I am so chilled out and laid back. I need a bomb under me now just to get going and organised, but we are getting there," Louise laughs.

"We are at the stage now where we have an idea of where we'd like to go."

While no official date is set for the couple's no-doubt-stylish nuptials, Louise is very keen on the idea of a winter wedding.

"I'd like to do it maybe late this year or early next year," she tells me.

"A winter wedding is nice, it gives everyone an excuse to come home and have a big party."

Louise and Paul dated for over three years before he popped the question. Footballer Paul - who recently came out of retirement to rejoin the Kingdom - previously said that Louise brought "balance" into his life, as he had lived life on his "own terms" before they met.

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Paul Galvin and Louise Duffy, during the ninth annual Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 at the The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin

"I felt I could do what I wanted, where I wanted, when I wanted. Louise changed all that for me. She settled me a little bit," he said at the time. "She's a smart girl and that's important."

For Louise, although the traditional ceremony and party of the big day are important, she said she is just eager to become Mrs Paul Galvin.

"I'm dying to be married to Paul and I just want it to be a fun day and have the craic with our friends and family," Louise explains.

"The church is very important to me and I would love it to be in the church where I did everything growing up," she reveals.

"I am excited to start looking at dresses too because I am a bit of a fiend for shopping anyway, but it's all still a bit on the long finger.

"The idea of months and months of preparation is a little bit daunting and freaks me out a little bit, but once you get into it I'm sure it all falls into place," she laughs, a little unsure.

This year has been a rather tumultuous one for all at Today FM. First the high-profile departure of one of its stars Ray D'Arcy, followed by the untimely death of a legend - Tony Fenton.

Louise took over the reins at Tony's afternoon show during the final stages of his cancer battle and said that she expected just to be "keeping the seat warm for Tony".

Sadly Tony passed away aged just 53 on March 12. Louise said that the DJ was "adored" by all at Today FM.

"Tony will be missed terribly," she said at the time. "There was no one else like him."

Louise cut her teeth on Today FM's early morning slot, which she presented for three years.

The presenter said that the pre-dawn work was particularly challenging and she was delighted when a later slot opened up.

"Early mornings for three years was challenging, three years of 4am starts takes its toll on you," Louise admits.

"I moved into lunchtime in the interim between KC finishing off and Dermot and Dave starting last year.

"They approached me and said 'look do you want to go in there for a couple of months?' And it was just music to my ears.

"It was brilliant to have an opportunity to get onto a later show and just do more - you can have so much more content in the middle of the day as opposed to 5am.

"So I was in there for about four months and Dermot and Dave arrived then. I have signed a contract with Today FM for another two years, so I am very much here for the foreseeable."

Louise said she was taken aback by Ray D'Arcy's decision to move to RTE.

"It was surprising for us, but at the end of the day, this is a man who has worked 14 years in one job," she says.

"Anton is in the building now and he's doing a great job."

The Mayo native got a taste of life in front of the camera when she was asked to cover for Lucy Kennedy on TV3's Late Lunch Live programme.

"It was lovely to be asked. I really enjoyed it actually a lot more than I thought I would," says Louise.

"I hadn't done TV before, but the lovely producer Anthony approached me to try it for a couple of days, so I gave it a shot and I really enjoyed it.

"Working with Martin King was great, he is just such a lovely man; it was a very relaxed atmosphere. I was surprised at how easy and how much fun I found it.

"Initially when I was college and younger, TV was what I thought I wanted to do, but once I got into radio I really didn't look much further.

"Radio is where I want to be, but it is nice to try new things," she adds.

"It's a tough business, but I am lucky I have had pretty steady jobs, so you just thank your lucky stars when you know where you are going to be for the next couple of years."

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