Love’s winning streak strikes Limerick RTE stars Geri and Emma

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

LOVE isn’t a ‘losing game’ for two Limerick presenters with RTE, who are on a ‘winning streak’ when it comes to affairs of the heart and are set to tie the knot in the coming months.

LOVE isn’t a ‘losing game’ for two Limerick presenters with RTE, who are on a ‘winning streak’ when it comes to affairs of the heart and are set to tie the knot in the coming months.

And both left the capital to find love back home in their native county.

Winning Streak host Geri Maye and children’s TV presenter Emma O’Driscoll are to wed their respective beaus this Christmas and next summer.

Ms Maye was spotted on last Saturday night’s Winning Streak sporting a dazzling sparkler, which she received from her groom-to-be Peter Collins, 40, who runs a car wash and valeting business on the Ballysimon Road.

After getting engaged just five weeks ago on Doonbeg beach in Clare, she is now looking forward to their Christmas wedding in Adare, where she also bought her dress for the big day recently.

“I literally went into the shop, picked up the dress and left,” she said, laughing. “I’d be fairly laid back about those things. To me the wedding is more about the marriage.”

She was previously engaged twice, to radio DJ Ray D’Arcy and Brian Purcell of The Apprentice.

However, love came firmly knocking last Christmas, when she met the Castleconnell man in Bourke’s bar on Catherine Street in the city.

She recalled she had just driven for over six and a half hours down from Dublin in a blizzard of snow, when she was lured out by friends to join them for “just one drink, as you do”.

The couple knew each other 20 years ago, but hadn’t seen each other in about 17 years.

The former Den star and presenter with Lyric FM, who has been with RTE for 14 years, is keeping the date close to her heart as she wants the wedding to be somewhat private for close friends and family - “literally people who just mean the world to us.”

The Maye family, originally from Mayo, operated Maye’s shop on Parnell Street in the city for many years, while her brother Donal works in Nancy Blake’s bar.

Meanwhile, current presenter of The Den, Emma O’Driscoll from Upper Carey’s Road, is set to wed another Limerickman next summer.

She and Liam Cronin, a teacher with Ard Scoil Ris and from Cappamore, plan to marry in early June 2012, after he popped the question in Times Square in New York earlier this year.

“I keep thinking it’s a year away, but it’s only a few months. I’m tipping away at organising it,” she said.

Ms O’Driscoll said they plan to stay in Ireland for the wedding, as they don’t want anyone have to travel too far.

“We just want our family and friends there to have a fabulous time and remember it for being a little bit different. We’re really excited about it, especially after Christmas it will really kick in. Next year is going to be a big year as I’m turning 30 as well,” she said.

The 29-year-old former member of the Irish band Six is already celebrating another special achievement – being selected to appear on one of three special limited edition stamps by An Post to commemorate 50 years of broadcasting in RTE.

“It is absolutely incredible. I still can’t believe it. I’m just dumbfounded,” she told the Limerick Leader.

“It is just such a privilege and an honour. I really thought somebody was messing when it was announced I would be one of the three. It’s just unbelievable to think you’re up there with Anne Doyle and Gay Byrne,” she said.

*A full version of this story appeared in the Limerick Leader weekend edition dated December 3.