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No sign of Grainne as Paul woos mystery brunette at Dubai hotel

PAUL GALVIN spent the last two weeks in Dubai with a mystery brunette -- not Grainne Seoige -- before his midweek meltdown in Kehoe's with comic Oliver Callan.

Galvin had just returned from a luxury break when he was plunged into controversy following his altercation in the city centre pub.

Galvin stayed at the five-star Bonnington Hotel in Dubai and was seen wining and dining the woman at top restaurants.

As well as Galvin, the exclusive Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Hotel in Dubai also had members of the Irish rugby team stay.

It is home to popular Irish bar McGettigans and the plush venue is a favourite for jetsetters from around the globe.

The Bonnington has 208 rooms and suites, 272 deluxe serviced hotel apartments, six restaurants and bars, four conference suites, a leisure deck on the 11th floor.

Galvin and Seoige exchanged numbers last month at an after-party in the D4 Berkeleyl after Kerry's loss to Dublin in the All Ireland Final and have apparently become close despite insisting that they are not an 'item'.

Galvin flew to Dubai for a two-week holiday just after rumours of his alleged relationship with Ms Seoige came out.

UAE sources told the Herald today: "Paul flew out to the Irish-owned Bonnington for some time out.

"He said that he was here just for a lads' holiday but he spent most nights with a woman that no one recognised.

"They were seen out drinking in bars, he wined and dined her throughout the trip. It didn't seem much like a lads' holiday, he was with her all the time."

While rumours were spreading of a romance between Paul and famous Gaelgoir Grainne (37), the controversial sports star was topping up his tan on the beach and partying.

The insider said that Paul and his mystery brunette were very low key throughout the holiday but were spotted several times laying in the sunshine together on the beach.

"Paul partied at the top nightclubs and went to the beach on the Palm Jumeirah, which is one of the 'it' places in Dubai," added the insider. "He brought the girl. They weren't all over each other or anything, they were low key."

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