Paul Galvin is settling into life with his new club in Dublin, St. Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh, comfortably on and off the field.
On Thursday night, Plunkett’s defeated Ballyboden St. Enda’s at Parnell Park, knocking the 2016 All Ireland champions out at the first round of the Dublin SFC, on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-13.
Bernard Brogan was the scoring star for the victors, helping himself to 0-6, while his brother Alan was introduced as a first half substitute and put in a productive shift. Galvin, making his championship debut for the club, impressed throughout and notched a second half point for himself.
Plunkett’s have been close but have struggled to get over the final hurdle in the Dublin championship in recent times, still searching for that illustrious maiden county title. Having lost the 2008, 2011 and 2014 finals, they will be hoping that they can kick on from this big win. On the basis of last night’s performance, the addition of the former Kerry half-forward will only boost this cause.
Galvin is now 37-years-old but is evidently in peak physical condition still. Now living in Dublin due to work commitments, the 2009 footballer of the year has found a home away from home in the Plunkett’s dressing room alongside the likes of the Brogan brothers with whom he shared many a titanic battle down through the years in Croke Park in their Kerry and Dublin days.
Alan Brogan, who Galvin played against in the 2011 and 2015 All Ireland finals, was full of praise for the four-time Celtic cross recipient with the Kingdom. The ex-Dublin attacker noted how valuable his new clubmate’s experience in big games is, as well as admitting his admiration for the Lixnaw man’s commitment and attitude since joining the Plunkett’s set-up.
Speaking to The42 after the victory on Thursday night, 35-year-old Brogan gave his verdict on his ex-rival turned team-mate:
“He’s settled in very quickly, he’s a very committed footballer as he always was with Kerry.
“He didn’t have to prove himself to guys but the commitment he’s shown in the first couple of months he’s been here, the guys have really warmed to him. It’s great to have him he’s had a really positive influence around the place.
“He just has a lot of experience out there. You can see when he gets the ball he never gives it away, he’s a very calming influence on the guys around him and I think he’s had a very good impact here. He’s only here a couple of months and you can see he’s settled in quite well out there.”
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